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UK records a 53% reduction in emissions, indicating progress towards net zero

Thu 4 Apr 2024


Recent provisional data revealed the UK has achieved a 53% reduction in emissions from 1990 levels by 2023, with a 5% decrease from the previous year indicating steady progress towards net zero.

This development highlighted the UK’s ongoing efforts in environmental management and its strategy to integrate economic growth with sustainable practices.

The data showed a notable decrease in greenhouse gas emissions across various sectors, reflecting a reduced reliance on gas. The electricity supply sector reported a 19.6% reduction in emissions, residential emissions dropped by 7.2%, and industrial emissions decreased by 8.0%.

These changes align with the UK’s increased use of renewable energy, which now accounts for nearly half of its electricity generation, compared to 7% in 2010.

“This decrease in emissions is a continuation of the UK’s efforts in reducing carbon emissions significantly. This has been achieved while growing our economy and avoiding additional costs for families,” said Claire Coutinho, the UK Energy Security Secretary.

The UK’s approach to net zero involves facilitating sustainable changes without imposing significant financial burdens on its citizens. From 1990 to 2023, the UK reduced its territorial greenhouse gas emissions by 428 MtCO2e, surpassing the combined emissions reductions of several other nations from 1990 to 2021.

Investment in clean energy remains a key part of the UK’s climate strategy, with significant funds directed towards this sector since 2010 and further investments anticipated by 2030. These investments are projected to support numerous jobs, with recent commitments of significant capital in new low-carbon investments reinforcing the UK’s commitment to its environmental goals.

The UK has also exceeded its targets in three consecutive carbon budgets and has established a legally binding emissions reduction target for 2035, which is more ambitious than many other countries’ targets.

The provisional statistics indicate the UK’s continued advancement towards its net zero goals. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on recent figures, the overarching trend demonstrated a consistent decrease in emissions, aligning with the nation’s climate commitments.

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