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Climate Change: Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Volume 715: debated on Tuesday 1 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest figure for carbon dioxide emissions in metric tonnes per capita in the United Kingdom. [HL84]

Carbon dioxide emissions account for about 85 per cent of total UK greenhouse gas emissions or 542.6 million tonnes in 2007, the most recent year for which data are available. The UK population figure from the ONS 2007 mid-year estimates is 61.0 million. The latest figure for carbon dioxide emissions per capita is therefore 8.9 tonnes.

Total UK greenhouse gas emissions in the same year were 636.6 million tonnes which equates to 10.4 tonnes per capita.