Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell 3 pct year-on-year in 2018

by Reuters
Thursday, 28 March 2019 09:45 GMT

FILE PHOTO: Fiddlers Ferry coal fired power station rises above the rooftops of houses in Widnes in northern England, Britain, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) - Britain's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell by 3 percent in 2018, due largely to lower coal-fired power generation, marking a sixth consecutive yearly decline, preliminary government data showed on Thursday.

Output of heat-trapping gases in Britain, Europe's second-largest emitter behind Germany, fell to 449 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), data from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy showed.

Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas blamed for climate change, fell by 2 percent to 364 million tonnes.

(Reporting by Susanna Twidale; Editing by Mark Potter)

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