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DECC: Little change in greenhouse gas emissions from waste management sector

The UK has dropped its greenhouse gas emissions by two per cent, according to latest figures from the Government, with little change in emissions from the waste management sector.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change published its provisional 2008 estimates of UK greenhouse emissions. Greenhouse emissions fell from 636.6 million tonnes in 2007 to 623.8million tonnes in 2008.

DECC also published the breakdown of 2007 greenhouse gas emissions by end-user. Three main sectors accounted for 80 per cent of all end-user greenhouse emissions; the business sector was 32 per cent, the transport sector 25 per cent and the residential sector 23 per cent. Methane emissions in 2007 totalled 2326.4 thousand tonnes, a three per cent decrease from 2006. A total of 43 per cent of these emissions were from waste management and 38 per cent from agriculture. Of these largest contributing sectors, there was a two per cent decrease in agricultural emissions, but little change in emissions from waste management.

Emissions are presented as carbon dioxide equivalent, in line with international reporting and emissions trading protocols.

Commenting on provisional Government figures, Liberal Democrat Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Simon Hughes said: While the Government is taking baby steps in the right direction, radical action is needed if we are to avert the catastrophic consequences of climate change.


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