Policy & Regulation

UK’s electricity sector halves carbon emissions in four years

Carbon emissions from the UK’s electricity production fell by 47% between 2012 and 2016.
By Staff reporter 15 November 2017 0 28392

Carbon emissions from the UK’s electricity production fell by 47% between 2012 and 2016, making the country’s electricity system the seventh-cleanest in the world, according to a report published on Wednesday.

The report, commissioned by Drax and written by Imperial College London, said the carbon emissions associated with each unit of electricity produced have fallen more than twice as fast as in any other major economy – mainly as a result of the UK’s carbon price, which has driven a shift from coal to gas and...