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 UK carbon dioxide levels rise

Monday 01 March 2004

trafficEmissions of carbon dioxide, one of the most destructive greenhouse gases, increased in the UK during 2003 according to an assessment of newly released government statistics.

Using figures that show a significant increase in coal and fossil fuels due to a rise in energy demand, NGO Friends of the Earth calculate that carbon dioxide rose by 3% over 2002 levels.

The growth in carbon dioxide threatens the government’s strict, self-imposed target of a 20% reduction by 2010 (on 1990 levels), and the lesser goals of the Kyoto Protocol.

Friends of the Earth's Energy Campaigner, Bryony Worthington, said; “Government policy is obviously not working. UK emissions are rising when they should be going down. The EU emissions trading scheme, which will start in 2005, could make a big impact and help to reverse this worrying trend, but it must be implemented correctly both in the UK and the rest of Europe. Similarly tough measures are also needed to tackle transport and other non-industry emissions. The Government must not wait until its climate review next year. It must put our climate strategy back on track now."

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