Department of Energy and Climate Change

18 March 2010 - Press Release - First carbon budget report card published

18 March 2010 - Press Release - First carbon budget report card published

The UK is on track to meet its first carbon budget, Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said today as the first ever annual emissions report under the carbon budgets system was presented to Parliament.

Under the Climate Change Act, the UK has to report annually to Parliament on progress in meeting its carbon budgets. The UK has to cut its emissions by at least 34% by 2020, and by at least 80% by 2050, below 1990 levels.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said:

“Today’s emissions score card shows that the UK’s climate change policies are working and that we’re on track to meet our carbon targets.

“Since 1990, the UK’s emissions have been cut by 22%, which means we’ll more than meet the international commitments we made.

“We’re putting in place policies to make the low carbon transition by supporting investment in clean energy, in insulating homes and creating green jobs.”

Taking into account the use of carbon units, the net UK carbon account in 2008 was 606.7 MtCO2e. This is 22% below ‘base year’ emissions, which were 777.8 MtCO2e.


Notes for editors

  1. Today’s Annual statement of emissions for 2008 can be found below:
    Annual statement of emissions for 2008
  2. The level of the first three 5 year carbon budgets – covering the periods 2008-2012, 2013-2017, and 2018-2022 – were set in May 2009 at 3018 MtCO2e, 2782 MtCO2e and 2544 MtCO2e. These represent reductions of just over 22%, 28% and 34%, respectively, below 1990 levels.
  3. Today’s report shows that on a carbon budgets basis in 2008, net UK emissions were 626.0 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent (MtCO2e). This is 11.9 MtCO2e (1.9%) less than net UK emissions in 2007. In addition, 19.3 MtCO2e worth of carbon units were bought in 2008 by companies in the UK operating under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).
  4. Reporting of greenhouse gas emissions for the UK’s carbon budgets only includes emissions within the UK, and excludes both Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. By contrast, reporting of greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol is based on emissions in the UK, its Crown Dependencies, and those Overseas Territories (Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat) that are party to the UK ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.
  5. Under the Kyoto Protocol, the UK has to cut its emissions by 12.5% below 1990 levels. On a Kyoto basis, UK emissions are now 19.4% below 1990 levels without emissions trading or 22% including emissions trading.
  6. Under the Kyoto Protocol the UK reports against a base year of 1990 for carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions, and 1995 for fluorinated compounds (HFCs, PFCs and sulphur hexafluoride). The same approach has been taken under the Climate Change Act.

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