Carbon footprint for the UK and England in 2019

05 July 2022

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On 28 June 2022, the UK Government published details of the carbon footprint of the UK, and England separately, for 2019. 

In key points from the UK report: 

  • The UK carbon footprint was estimated to have fallen by 2% between 2018 and 2019, reflecting a decrease in emissions associated with imports, goods and services produced in the UK and emissions generated directly by UK residents. 
  • The UK carbon footprint in 2019 was 30% lower than its peak of 1,111 million tonnes (mt) carbon dioxide equivalents in 2004. 
  • GHG emissions relating to imports rose by 61% per cent from 1996 to a peak in 2007, and in 2019 were 8% higher than in 1996. Emissions associated with imports from China also showed a peak in 2007, while in 2019, they were 67% higher than in 1996. 
  • In 2019, emissions relating to the consumption of goods and services produced in the UK were 35% lower than in 1996. 
  • The findings indicate that the UK’s carbon dioxide footprint fell by 3% between 2018 and 2019. 

Source: UK Government, 28 June 2022