Science & Environment

UK greenhouse gas emissions' 8% drop

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Greenhouse gas output in the UK fell almost 8% in 2014, although emissions from transport and agriculture rose slightly, official figures show.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell 8.9% in 2014 on the previous year, while emissions of all the greenhouse gases were 7.7% below 2013 levels.

The figures come from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc).

The biggest fall in 2014 was in homes (17%), where a warmer year meant less gas was used for heating.

A significant fall was also seen in the power sector (down 13.6%), which saw less use of coal in electricity.