From: Yale Environment 360
Published March 6, 2017 02:12 PM

United Kingdom CO2 Emissions Fall to Lowest Level in Nearly a Century

A record drop in coal use — coupled with the rapid growth of renewable energy, an expansion of energy efficiency programs, and an increase in burning natural gas for electricity — have driven carbon dioxide emissions in the UK to their lowest levels since the 1920s, according to a new study by the non-profit group, Carbon Brief.

The study said that CO2 emissions in the UK fell 5.8 percent from 2015 to 2016, driven by a 50 percent drop in emissions from coal burning. In the past decade, coal use in the UK has fallen by 74 percent, a major reason why UK carbon emissions are now 36 percent below emissions levels in 1990, according to Carbon Brief.

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