Analysis of official data has found that the UK’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have fallen to their lowest since 1890.

The Carbon Brief website also calculated that the UK’s emissions are now 38% below 1990s levels.

Figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) showed a 2.6% fall in 2017, on the back of a 5.8% decrease in 2016.

Coal use fell by 19% in 2017 on the back of a 52% drop in 2016.

Cuts to coal

Carbon Brief said: “Coal use in the UK had been mostly steady from the late 1990s until 2014, with declines in gas and oil use driving most emissions reductions.

“However, coal use fell precipitously between 2014 and 2017, declining by nearly 75% compared to 2013 values.

“Coal’s fall in recent years is responsible for the bulk of CO2 reductions in the UK over the past decade.”

> See Carbon Brief's analysis

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