Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Greenhouse gas emissions plummet by 9% in a year as struggling Britons use less fuel and energy

The country's greenhouse gas emissions are falling dramatically as belt-tightening Britons use less power in the wake of the recession, figures showed today.

Carbon Dioxide emissions fell by almost a tenth in 2009 according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, a trend that will be welcomed by environmental groups. 

But the fall has mainly been caused by falling demand for energy from homes and businesses - and illustrates the severity of the economic downturn.

Industry alone emitted a third less greenhouse gas, suggesting  a rapid drop in demand for raw materials such as those used in the construction industry. 

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne warned the figures were not a cause for celebration.

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