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UK Greenhouse gas emissions down

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UK greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by two percent, according to the latest government figures. Emissions of the basket of six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol totalled 623.8 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent in 2008 – down from 636.6 million tonnes in 2007, according to provisional figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, accounting for about 85% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, the latest year for which final results are available. Provisional figures show UK net emissions of CO2 at 531.8 million tones – also two per cent lower than the 2007 number, which was 542.6 million tonnes. The fall is the result of fuel switching from coal to natural gas for electricity generation, together with lower fossil fuel consumption by industry and road transport, the DECC said. The UK has both international and domestic targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including those under the Kyoto Protocol, a domestic CO2 goal and targets outlined in the UK Climate Change Act. Environmental campaigners were scornful of the figures saying the just reflected a switch from coal to gas, both unsustainable sources of energy, and lacked real change.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]