Tuesday, April 10, 2012

UK on the right track with cutting greenhouse gas emissions?

UK is one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters in EU but the good news is that the British greenhouse gas emissions continue to decline. The UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reports that British CO2 emissions have fallen 23 percent since 1990s and by 7% in 2011.

The main reasons for this drop in 2011 are said to be the decrease in residential gas use and a more efficient electricity generation. 

Despite the fact that UK is today using more renewable energy than ever before, renewable energy is still not one of the main factors responsible for the decrease in emissions and UK still has plenty to do before being able to talk about the switch to clean energy economy.

The weather and the spike in global energy prices still play main role in determining the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions which means that cold winter or a drop in fuel prices will likely result in emissions rising again.

The UK's long term goal includes cutting emissions at least 80 percent below 1990 levels and in order to achive this goal UK will have to lot more than just rely on the global economic downturn to curb total industrial production.

A lot of it will depend whether UK will be able to become one of the clean energy leaders or not. The offshore wind energy sector is so far the only renewable energy sector that looks good in UK and there is lot of work ahead of British government  to make sure Britain remains on the clean energy track.


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