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Perth and Kinross Records Fall in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions in Perth and Kinross fell by 13% between 2019 and 2020, new figures have shown.

The figures come as the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy released the 2020 territorial climate change emissions data.

Speaking about the fall Councillor Richard Watters, the convenor of Perth and Kinross Council’s Climate Change and Sustainability Committee said: “Reducing carbon emissions to zero is critical in preventing global warming.”

“It’s no surprise emissions fell during lockdown but what is heartening to see is that emissions fell more than the national average in Perth and Kinross.”

“Our Climate Action plan was approved last year, and we will continue to work with all sectors to reduce emissions in the years ahead.

“2020 was an unprecedented year but we all must play our part in ensuring the downward trend in emissions continues in the years ahead.”

Across the UK emissions fell by an average of 9.2% between 2019 and 2020. The fall in emissions between 2019 and 2020 has largely been attributed to reduced travel caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. However, emissions in the UK have reduced by 48.8% since 1990.

Carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases – methane and nitrous oxide – cause the atmosphere to retain heat. The more emissions, the hotter the planet gets.

Domestic energy use was responsible for 16% of all emissions. Despite more people spending time at home because of lockdown, this was still a four per cent reduction from the previous year.

For guidance on improving home energy efficiency contact one of the free services across for a home energy audit or advice. Details are available by visiting www.pkclimateaction.co.uk/reduce-energy-costs.

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