UK greenhouse gas emissions fell by nearly 2% last year, as less coal and gas was burned to generate electricity.
But official figures published on Thursday show that because of increases in 2010 and 2012, the UK’s carbon footprint is still roughly the same as it was in 2009 despite government promises to cut emissions.
Last year’s drop appeared to be largely due to a 9% decrease in coal use and a 7% decrease in gas. The share of energy generated from renewables sources was up, as a series of large offshore windfarms were connected to the grid. Onshore wind power generation was up 36.4%, and offshore wind up by 45.8%.
Emissions were up in the residential sector by 2.6% and 2.9% in business, and remain static for transport.