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Release: UK Environmental Accounts - World Environment Day, 2012

Released: 31 May 2012


Jawed Khan

Environmental Sustainability

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456278

Categories: Environmental Accounts, Agriculture and Environment, Environment, Business and Energy, Energy, Energy Production and Consumption

Frequency of release: Biannually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK and GB

Survey name(s): International Passenger Survey (IPS), Prodcom

  • Between 1990 and 2009 the amount of CO2 equivalent green house gases emitted for every tonne of oil equivalent used fell by one fifth.

  • Between 1990 and 1999, the UK had the fourth largest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity of energy intensity in the EU-27, a greater reduction than the EU-27 average. However between 2000 and 2009 the UK reduction was 23rd out of EU-27 countries, a smaller reduction than the EU-27 average.

  • The main reason for the reduction in emissions in the UK has been from switching to using fuel types that emit less CO2 equivalent green house gases.

  • Energy consumption from renewable sources of energy has trebled since 1990 however in 2009 the UK was placed 32 out of 34 OECD countries with around three per cent of total primary energy supply from renewable sources.

  • Energy supply in the UK has decreased by 12 per cent between 1990 and 2009. This was one of the largest decreases and UK supply remains well below the OECD average.

  • In the UK in 2009, 6.7 per cent of electricity consumed was generated from renewable sources. This was 2.7 times below the EU-27 average of 18.2 per cent despite the UK proportion increasing at 2.6 times the rate for the EU-27 between 1990 and 2009.

In this release

The UK Environmental Accounts are satellite accounts to the main UK National Accounts and facilitate environmental-economic analyses, providing statistics on the environmental impact of UK economic activity. They include natural asset accounts (e.g. oil and gas reserves, forestry, land), physical flow accounts (e.g.greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutants, energy consumption, consumption of raw materials) and monetary accounts (e.g. environmental taxes, environmental protection expenditure).

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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