Falkirk records 34% drop in carbon dioxide emissions in last decade

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Falkirk moved towards a greener future with a drop in carbon dioxide emissions over the course of a year, figures reveal.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy figures show that CO2 emissions in the area dropped by 6.6% in 2019 – the latest available data – compared to the year before.

Industry was responsible for emitting the largest amount of CO2 in Falkirk in 2019 – 1.5 million tonnes.

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However, emissions from the sector dropped by 34.5% over a decade.

Kinneil Lagoons looking towards Ineos. (Pic: Michael Gillen)Kinneil Lagoons looking towards Ineos. (Pic: Michael Gillen)
Kinneil Lagoons looking towards Ineos. (Pic: Michael Gillen)

Between 2009 and 2019, overall CO2 emissions in Falkirk dropped by 31%.

The figures also cover household emissions, as well those from the transport, commercial and public sectors.

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Across the UK, 360 of 379 local authority areas saw a decrease in emissions in 2019, with an overall drop of 3.6% owing to a change in the fuel mix for electricity generation, greater use of renewables and a drop in the use of coal, according to BEIS.

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The Zero Carbon campaign said major policy changes were needed to tackle CO2 emissions from heat, transport and hard to decarbonise industries such as steel and cement.

A spokesman said: "To reach net zero emissions by 2050 and deliver our even more ambitious target to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035, we need to decarbonise much further, faster and across a far greater section of our economy.

"The Government must deliver an economy-wide, net-zero aligned policy programme which protects low-income households from increased costs and emphasises the benefits that will be derived from the low-carbon transition."

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