With a double-digit surge since 1990, CO2 emissions from transport and private households are putting the UK off track in its attempts to meet its Kyoto reduction targets. By contrast, the power sector appears as a champion with a decrease of over 15%.
Provisional estimates in a report by the UK Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) on 31 March point to mixed results regarding the country’s ability to fulfil its commitments on climate change.
According to the report, overall emissions in the UK are currently 4% below 1990 levels, well above the 12.5% target it has agreed to as part of EU commitments made under the Kyoto Protocol.
CO2 emissions have even been on the increase over the past two years, rising by 2.2% in 2003 and 1.5% in 2004.
But highlights in the report show not all the usual suspects are to bear the same responsibility:
- between 1990 and 2004, CO2 emissions from households rose by 12.5% due to continued burning of fossil fuels;
- over the same period, emissions form the transport sector rose by 10% due to an increase in road traffic, mainly freight;
- however, between 1990 and 2004, CO2 emissions from power stations have decreased by 15.5% thanks to better energy-efficiency and changes in the fuel mix;
- emissions from industry outside power stations have increased by 1% since 1990 and have risen by 4.5% between 2003 and 2004