Skip to main content

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of UK from (a) travel, (b) domestic use and (c) agriculture in each of the last three years. (254132)

The latest 2007 estimates of greenhouse gas emissions were published on 3 February 2009. DEFRA are currently publishing the DECC climate change statistics and please refer to the following link for the 2007 FINAL UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Statistics.

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/globatmos/index.htm

The proportion of UK greenhouse gas emissions from (a) travel (b) domestic use (residential) (c) agriculture UK for each of the last three years are shown in the following table. Emission reporting in the UK can be broken down into individual gases, and also by ‘source’ and on an ‘end user’ basis. For ‘end user’ the emissions are reallocated from the production and distribution of energy to the users of that energy. The main difference between source and end user emissions comes from the treatment of emissions from combustion of fossil fuels, the largest source of carbon dioxide in most countries. To derive emissions by end user, emissions from power stations and other fuel processing industries have been re-allocated to end users on an approximate basis according to their use of the fuel. Emissions by end user are subject to more uncertainty than emissions by source and should only be used to give a broad indication of emissions by sector.

Table 1 following shows greenhouse gas emissions by source category 2005-07.

Table 1: Greenhouse gas emissions by source (2005-07) for national communication categories of travel, residential and agriculture (2007 final figures, February 2009)

Proportions (percentage)

Million tonnes CO2 equivalent

Category

2005

2006

2007

2005

2006

2007

Travel (transport)

20.5

20.9

21.5

133.9

135.5

136.7

Domestic (residential)

13.5

13.1

12.8

88.2

84.9

81.2

Agriculture

7.8

7.6

7.5

50.7

49.4

47.9

Total GHG emissions

652.8

647.9

636.6

Please also see table 2 following to see the latest available greenhouse gas emission figures using end user categories. The latest data available for end user are up to 2006.

Table 2: Greenhouse gas emissions by end user (2004-06) for national communication categories of travel, residential and agriculture (2007 provisional figures, March 2008)

Proportions (percentage)

Million tonnes CO2 equivalent

Category

2004

2005

2006

2004

2005

2006

Travel (transport)

24.6

25.0

25.2

161.7

163.5

164.1

Domestic (residential)

24.3

23.9

23.8

159.9

156.3

155.5

Agriculture

8.2

8.0

7.9

53.7

52.7

51.5

Total GHG emissions

657.6

655.2

652.3

Please also note that the differences in the totals in greenhouse gas emissions between each year is due to revisions in data. These are the official National Statistics.