Research from Carbon Brief has found the UK’s carbon emissions fell by nearly 6% last year after a record fall in coal use.
The analysis, issued on 6 March, said that the reduction, driven by a 52% cut in coal use, left UK emissions 36% lower than their levels in 1990. It said that CO2 emissions were around 381MtCO2 last year, and that – outside the 1920s general strikes – this would be the lowest level since 1894.
However, emissions from gas increased by 12.5% in 2016 on the switch away from coal. By contrast, gas use for home and business heating has been falling for a decade, as more buildings are insulated and more efficient boilers get installed.