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EurOil: UK GHG emissions drop 5.4% in 2023 on less gas use

UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions dropped 5.4% in 2023, government data published last week showed, as a result of less natural gas being used to generate power and heating, as well as increased electricity imports and weaker demand.

GHG emissions totalled 384.2mn tonnes of CO2 equivalent during the period. The power sector, which contributed 11% of national emissions, saw the biggest decline to 41.11mn tonnes of CO2 equivalent, from 51.9mn tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2022.

“This decrease in 2023 is primarily due to a reduction in gas demand from the electricity supply and buildings and product uses sectors,” the government’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero said in a statement.

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