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Grangemouth oil refinery complex on the Firth of Forth

Analysis: UK primary energy use in 2018 was the lowest in half a century

Falling energy use and surging offshore wind are among the trends revealed in the latest round of government figures on the energy flowing through the... Read More

UK policy | Aug 1. 2019.
Construction of Hinkley Point C’s first reactor commences, June 2019. Credit: EDF.

Analysis: Does the UK ‘require’ new nuclear to reach net-zero emissions?

A new government consultation, published this week, asserts that the UK “will…require” new nuclear and gas-fired power stations with carbon... Read More

UK policy | Jul 26. 2019.
Overlooking London Heathrow

Guest post: Planned growth of UK airports not consistent with net-zero climate goal

Dr Declan Finney is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds’ Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS); and Dr Giulio... Read More

Guest posts | Jun 24. 2019.
No.10 Downing Street at night, London, UK. Credit: Jeff Gilbert / Alamy Stock Photo.

In-depth Q&A: The UK becomes first major economy to set net-zero climate goal

The UK is to raise its ambition on climate change by setting a legally binding target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to “net-zero” by 2050,... Read More

UK emissions | Jun 12. 2019.
UK electricity map

Interactive: How the UK transformed its electricity supply in just a decade

This interactive article shows how the UK has transformed its electricity supply in a decade – and how things are expected to continue changing. ... Read More

Features | Jun 12. 2019.
Drinks factory.

Guest post: Why the UK’s carbon footprint is decreasing

Dr Anne Owen is senior research fellow at the University of Leeds’ Sustainability Research Institute. ... Read More

Guest posts | May 8. 2019.
Satellite image of the UK, 2012.

In-depth: The UK should reach ‘net-zero’ climate goal by 2050, says CCC

The UK should legislate for and reach a net-zero emissions goal by 2050, so as to end its contribution to global warming within 30 years. ... Read More

UK emissions | May 2. 2019.
London Array windfarm.

Analysis: Half of UK’s electricity to be renewable by 2025

Close to half of the UK’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2025, according to Carbon Brief analysis of new government projections. ... Read More

Renewables | Apr 12. 2019.

Guest post: The UK’s carbon footprint is at its lowest level for 20 years

Dr Anne Owen is senior research fellow at the University of Leeds’ Sustainability Research Institute. Prof John Barrett is the institute’s chair... Read More

Guest posts | Apr 11. 2019.
Tower bridge under construction

Analysis: UK’s CO2 emissions fell for record sixth consecutive year in 2018

Carbon Brief analysis shows the UK’s CO2 emissions fell for the sixth consecutive year in 2018, the longest series of continuous reductions on... Read More

UK emissions | Mar 4. 2019.
Black Law Wind Farm, Scotland, UK. Credit: Ian Rutherford / Alamy Stock Photo. FF4HF2

Analysis: Why the UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen 38% since 1990

The UK’s CO2 emissions peaked in the year 1973 and have declined by around 38% since 1990, faster than any other major developed country. ... Read More

UK emissions | Feb 4. 2019.
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