News / UK and world by Press Association March 28, 2019, 10:32 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 3% in 2018 as pollution from the energy sector continued to fall, provisional Government figures show. Emissions of the gases which drive climate change have fallen for six years in a row, and are 44% below the 1990 baseline for the UK. Emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, are at the lowest level since before the start of the 20th century, when Queen Victoria was still on the throne, Government officials said. The fall was mainly due to a 7% reduction in pollution from energy supplies, as the power sector continued to switch away from coal to low-carbon technology such as renewables. There was also a 3% drop in emissions from transport, which have barely fallen since 1990 and now make up the biggest share of the UK’s climate pollution. Energy data also published on Thursday revealed … [Read more...] about UK greenhouse gas emissions fall 3%
PUBLISHED: 09:32 08 February 2019 Ross Bentley and Emily Beament Think tank Transport for Quality of Life says large scale changes to transport are needed Pictures: PAUL GEATER Archant The proposal comes as figures show transport was the biggest contributor to the UK’s carbon pollution problem in 2017. Transport now accounts for more than a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissionsBus travel should become free to help people out of their cars and drive down greenhouse gas emissions, environmental campaigners have urged.According to data from the Business Department (Beis), transport emissions - excluding international flights and shipping - have fallen just 2% since 1990 and now account for more than a quarter (27%) of the total greenhouse gas output of 460 million tonnes - a bigger share than energy supplies, businesses, homes or agriculture. Suffolk County Council says it is “actively developing policies to promote greener travel options” … [Read more...] about Is free bus travel the answer to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution?
An archive photo MINSK, 6 February (BelTA) – In 2018 five Belarusian cities and towns worked out plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the international initiative Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, representatives of the non-governmental organization Ecopartnership told BelTA.The initiative is becoming more and more popular among Belarusian cities. As many as 45 cities and districts of Belarus joined the initiative as of early 2019. As a Covenant of Mayors support structure the Ecopartnership NGO provides consultations and all kinds of assistance to the cities.After joining the Covenant of Mayors a city undertakes to calculate its greenhouse emissions for two years and put together an action plan to reduce them and adapt to the climate change. Preparing the documents is a complicated process involving representatives of all spheres of life – from public transport to agriculture. The collected data is used to work out measures and calculate … [Read more...] about Five Belarusian cities come up with plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
0 Have your say Greenhouse gas emissions by Scottish industry are at a ten-year-low, according to new figures. A report by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) indicates a change in the pollutants emitted by Scottish regulated businesses as the country moves to become more sustainable and resource efficient.The analysis was published in the 2017 Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI), which is a database of annual mass releases of specified pollutants to air, water and land from SEPA regulated industrial sites.Since 1993, owners or operators of facilities that have met the SPRI reporting requirements have reported on an annual basis.Data from SPRI is used to fulfil the reporting requirements of the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR).It also provides information about off-site transfers of waste from industry sites.There has been an increase in the number of sites included in the data, with 1,237 reporting sites in 2017, … [Read more...] about Greenhouse gas emissions by Scottish industry at 10-year low
Emissions of methane and other harmful gases at Scottish Borders Council’s landfill site on the outskirts of Galashiels were up by more than a quarter last year, bucking a downward trend nationwide. Data released by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency reveals that 451,000kg of methane were released into the atmosphere by rotting rubbish at Easter Langlee.That’s 27% up on the 356,000kg produced in 2016 and more than twice the 197,000kg generated in 20111. The reporting threshold for methane is 10,000kg a year.The latest statistics for CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) at Easter Langlee also show alarming increases, being up 39.7% and 25% respectively.In the case of those two pollutants, the reporting threshold is 1kg, but the Borders landfill site generated 38.3kg of CFCs, up from 27.4kg in 2016, and 26.5kg of HCFCs, up from 21.4kg the year before. Waste management emissions across Scotland as a whole have been going in the opposite … [Read more...] about Greenhouse gas emissions from Galashiels landfill site up by more than a quarter