UK local authority GHG emissions estimates 2020 released

News – Sunday, July 31st, 2022

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have released the latest estimates of end-user greenhouse gas emissions for local authority areas in the UK for 2005-2020.

The main findings from the statistics are:

  • Between 2019 and 2020, greenhouse gas emissions decreased in 371 out of the 374 local
    authorities in the UK (99%). This is consistent with the decrease in overall UK emissions in
    2020, which fell by 9% largely due to reductions in road traffic and business activity as a
    result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting restrictions.
  • Overall in 2020, 28% of end-user greenhouse gas emissions assigned to local authority areas were attributed to transport, 25% to the domestic sector, 19% to industry, 12% to agriculture and 6% to the commercial sector. There are wide local variations, mainly because of the economy and geography of different local areas. The transport sector had the highest share of end-user greenhouse gas emissions in 41% of authorities, the domestic sector had the highest share in 33%, the agriculture sector in 15% and the industrial sector in 9% of authorities.
  • Between 2005 and 2020 end-user CO2 emissions fell by 29% in Northern Ireland, 36% in Wales, 44% in England and by 45% in Scotland. The North East of England was the region with the largest fall in emissions over this period at 62%, in part due to industrial closures.

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