Figures released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) have shown a fall in the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Emissions dipped by 3.4% in 2015 to 497.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e).

The figures mark the first time emissions have fallen below 500 MtCO2e

The fall was driven by a 13% decrease in the emissions from the power sector, with less coal being burned at power stations.

Less coal, more renewables

Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive at the RenewableUK trade body, said: “As old coal turns off, renewables are quietly taking its place, delivering energy security and value for money.

“It makes more sense than ever to fully support and take advantage of our natural resources.

“Putting the consumer first means putting renewables first.”

> Download DECC's data