United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Falling basket of gasses

UK emissions of the "basket" of six greenhouse gases fell by 9% between 1990 and 1997-well on the way to meeting the country's commitment for a 12.5% reduction in 2008-2012 agreed under the Kyoto protocol. Emissions of carbon dioxide fell by 7% in 1998 from the base year of 1990, despite an overall increase in energy consumption. The largest CO2 savings were made in the electricity sector, thanks mainly to the "dash for gas," with combined-cycle gas turbines replacing older coal plant, coupled with improved efficiency in electricity generation. The figures show the country is on course to meet its international climate change obligations, says environment minister Michael Meacher.

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