Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed figures showing that Greenhouse gas emissions fell again in 2006, showing the Government in a stronger position to hit its international targets.
With the economy growing over the same period the figures once again shatter the myth that falling emissions cannot be achieved in an expanding economy.
The final figures for all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK in 2006 show that total greenhouse gas emissions were down 0.5 per cent on 2005 levels, while carbon dioxide (CO2), which makes up about 85 per cent of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions, stayed virtually the same (a 0.1 per cent fall).
David Hanson said:
“We know that much more needs to be done to tackle climate change and whilst I welcome these latest figures I am keen that we kick on from here and make the changes necessary to ensure green house emissions continue to fall.
“The rising emissions from international flights make the EU Environment Ministers decision to ensure that the aviation industry meets the environmental cost of its emissions, and that growth in the aviation industry means emissions are reduced elsewhere, even more important.
“The report shows that the biggest decrease in CO2 emissions was in the residential sector, with a fall of 4 per cent on 2005 levels, this shows that people makes small changes to their everyday lives can make a real difference.
“The Climate Change Bill set a target of at least a 60% carbon dioxide reduction by 2050 and the Government is already consulting on whether this needs to be higher.