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Transport “biggest polluter”

Transport “biggest polluter” 12 February 2018

Transport becomes most polluting sector as greenhouse gas emissions drop 5% (via BT)

Transport became the largest sector for greenhouse gas pollution in 2016 as emissions overall fell 5% in a year, official statistics show.

Carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, was down 6% between 2015 and 2016, with the reductions in pollution mostly down to a decrease in the use of coal for electricity generation, the data from the Business Department shows.

Emissions from energy supply plunged 17% year–on–year, while transport emissions rose 2% in 2016 and emissions from homes were up 4%.

Transport now accounts for 26% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, compared with 25% coming from energy supplies.

Since 1990, greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 41% in the UK, while carbon dioxide is down 36%.

But while emissions from energy supplies are down 57% since then, transport emissions are only down 2%, making it the worst performing sector.

The Government has announced ambitions to end sales of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 as part of efforts to tackle climate change and air pollution.

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