The UK's greenhouse gas emissions fell by 8.7 percent from 2008 to 2009, with CO2 falling 9.8 percent -- the biggest dip since 1980. While this is great news, the reason is unfortunately not a major growth in renewable energy of environmental policies, but the correlating economic recession.
As the UK economy sank into a recession, heavy-emitting industries like construction or transport lost a lot of business and subsequently stopped emitting so much greenhouse gas. A similar benefit to the economic recession happened in China where air pollution dramatically decreased with the downturn.
The good news is that if the UK government and corporations capitalize on this head start towards their emission-reduction goals, hitting the target of a 35 percent reduction by 2020 and more aggressive targets later on will be much easier and possibly ahead of schedule.
written by Lynn, February 01, 2011
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