Latest CO2 statistics for Greater Manchester

15th September 2011

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) today released the latest statistics on carbon dioxide emissions from local authorities around the country.

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The statistics, which relate to carbon dioxide emitted between 2005 and 2009, show an overall reduction of 14.2% in emissions across Greater Manchester in that period, with an 8.6% drop between 2008 and 2009.

Here in Manchester, our emissions in 2009 were 12% lower than in 2005, with the bulk of that reduction accounted for by an 11.6% drop between 2008 and 2009.

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Much of these emissions reductions can probably be ascribed to the economic downturn, so the key test of whether we’re on track to meet the targets in Manchester: A Certain Future (41% by 2020) and the Greater Manchester climate change strategy (35% by 2020) will come when the economy starts growing again.