The decline in greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 was 8.9%, the largest drop since comparable records began in 1990.
Based on historical data, this is the largest annual drop in emissions since the Great Strike of 1926, when emissions fell 35%.
“This sharp drop in 2020 is mainly due to the sharp reduction in the use of road transport during the
lockdowns and reduction of business activity ”, the Department of Business Strategy, Energy and Industry (BEIS)
said in a preliminary report.
GHG emissions were estimated at 414.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020, compared to 454.8 million tonnes
the previous year, the data was showing.
But while the fall was significant, it was a little less than what some climate watchers had predicted.
Contrary to some expectations, the UK is not yet halfway on its goal of reducing its emissions to net zero by 2050.
Since 1990, its greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 48.8%, although there is likely to be a rebound in emissions in 2021 with the resumption of transport and economic activity.
The biggest drop in emissions occurred in the transportation sector, where carbon dioxide emissions fell almost 20% year over year.
Emissions from the energy sector fell by almost 12%, driven by reduced electricity consumption and also increased
amount of electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar.
Greenpeace said the government must focus on longer-term measures to see sustainable reductions and meet its climate targets.
“It is important that the government does not celebrate this, it must instead step up its actions to truly reduce emissions in one
significantly from all sectors of society, ”Greenpeace UK policy director Doug Parr said in a statement.
Sky News is about to launch the first daily prime-time news program dedicated to climate change.
Hosted by Anna Jones, The daily climate show Sky News correspondents will follow as they investigate how global warming is changing our landscape and how we all live our lives.
First airing on Wednesday April 7, the show will also highlight solutions to the crisis and show how small changes can make a big difference.