My previous post on the Carbon Plan 2011 led me to look at the UK greenhouse gas inventory on the website of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). These statistics allow us to assess progress towards the targets set by the Climate Change Act 2008, and were the basis of the numbers reported in the Carbon Plan 2011. I was interested to see how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the various sectors of the economy have changed since 1990.
This post is definitely for people who like to look at graphs! It is entirely descriptive, to give the overall picture of how UK GHG emissions have changed since 1990.
A statistic in the MPs’ ‘form letter’ (see my previous post) intrigued me. Quoting from the Carbon Plan, the letter said ‘industrial emissions have fallen by 46 per cent’. This post is about that statistic.
‘How will we cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050?’, ‘Will it destroy our economy?’ and ‘Why should the UK meet such stringent targets if the UK is responsible for less than 2% of global emissions?’
I have a set of 53 responses from 49 MPs to these questions from their constituents. In his column in the Sunday Telegraph in April 2012, Christopher Booker asked his readers to ask their MP those questions (paraphrased above) and to send him the replies. He reported on the results on 23 June and 21 July. I wrote via the Sunday Telegraph to ask if I could analyse the replies more quantitatively. Christopher Booker kindly agreed, and this is the result.