Britain says CO2 emissions rose in 2005
Britain on Thursday said its emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas blamed for global warming, crept up last year in the third consecutive annual increase.india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 23:23 IST
Britain on Thursday said its emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas blamed for global warming, crept up last year in the third consecutive annual increase.
The provisional estimates came after ministers said on Tuesday the UK would miss its own target to slash CO2 emissions by a fifth by 2010 from 1990 levels. Britain is still on course to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals under the Kyoto Protocol.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said CO2 emissions rose 0.25 per cent in 2005 to 153 millions tons.
"The increase is due mainly to the rise in energy consumption, coupled with a small switch from gas to coal in power stations," said Defra in a statement.
Gas prices surged last year, encouraging utilities to burn cheaper but dirtier coal in power stations, despite extra costs related to complying with Europe's emissions trading scheme.
Gas prices rose partly on reduced supply from Britain's aging North Sea fields.
Thursday's data confirmed the UK is struggling to meet its domestic CO2 reduction goals. Emissions in 2005 were about 5.5 per cent below 1990 levels.
Emissions of a basket of six greenhouse gases in 2005 were provisionally estimated to have been 14.5 per cent below 1990 levels. Under Kyoto, the UK is committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5 per cent from 1990 levels by 2008-2012.