Britain’s carbon dioxide emissions have fallen for the sixth consecutive year, but at a much slower rate, according to the latest official figures.

Emissions fell by 1.5% in 2017, compared with a 5.9% fall in 2016 and an 8.7% drop back in 2014.

The fall was entirely due to less coal being burned at power stations, with emissions from the fuel dropping by 16% year-on-year.

Emissions from gas remained flat, while emissions from oil rose slightly due to more fields coming on stream.

‘Cannot be taken for granted’

Analysts at the Carbon Brief website said: “The 1.5% reduction in the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2018 is the smallest decline over the past six years.

“This highlights the fact that continued cuts cannot be taken for granted."

“There is limited potential to continue reducing overall UK emissions if coal is the only contributor."

“Emissions from oil and gas will also have to be cut if the UK is to meet its legally binding carbon targets in future.”

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