Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity
Falls in most sectors
Greenhouse gas emissions per unit of output (Gross Value Added, chained volume measure), UK
There were substantial improvements in emissions intensity, as measured by the ratio of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of output, in most sectors of the economy between 1990 and 2003. Output is calculated using the chained volume measure of Gross Value Added for the particular industry.
The largest fall in emissions intensity was in the commerce and public administration sector where emissions per unit of output fell by 8.4 per cent between 2002 and 2003 and have fallen by over half since 1990.
Emissions per unit of output from the non-domestic sector are unchanged between 2002 and 2003 but are 35.9 per cent below their 1990 level.
Emissions of greenhouse gases per unit of output from the transport and retail sector broadly increased during the 1990s and only fell below the 1990 level in 2002. In 2003, emissions per unit of output in the transport and retail sector increased slightly but remained below 1990 levels. Emissions intensity also increased in the manufacturing and construction industries between 2002 and 2003.
The greenhouse gases included in this analysis are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride.
Notes: Environmental accounts provide data on the environmental impact of UK economic activity and the use of the environment by the economy.
This kind of analysis is based on linking the environmental accounts data with the economic data generated by the National Accounts.
There are two datasets available: A series of annual spreadsheets including three tables covering economic use tables, atmospheric emissions, electricity use and fossil fuel use across 76 industrial sectors. The use table shows the value of the consumption of these products and services by each industry and by final consumers.
Output is based on calculations using gross value added at chained volume prices i.e. the contribution of individual industries to gross domestic product. This data is consistent with latest National Accounts estimates.
These data are consistent with the National Accounts Blue Book 2005 release.
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