UK greenhouse gas emissions fall: comment

In 2023, total UK territorial greenhouse gas emissions were 384.2 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), 5.4% lower than 2022, following reduced gas use and demand.

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Commenting on UK greenhouse gas emissions data published today [1], Jess Ralston, Energy Analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

"The UK's spent over £100bn on gas since the start of the crisis [2], with most people really feeling the pinch in their energy bills - so it's no surprise that expensive energy has meant people use less of it. Our reliance on gas for home heating has left many colder and poorer.

"Insulated homes waste less energy and so cost less to heat. In the middle of a gas crisis, it seems all the more bizarre that the Government last September U-turned on warm home standards for landlords leaving renters to face either high bills or a cold home for years to come. With its home insulation programmes lagging, it seems the Government is more focussed on drilling in the North Sea which, it finally had to admit, won’t actually help with bills."

Notes to editors:

1. Provisional UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics 2023:

2. The Cost of Gas in 2.5years of the Gas Crisis:

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