The government has today released UK greenhouse gas figures for 2015 and 2016, showing overall emissions have fallen at a rapid rate over the past two years as reliance on coal-fired power has continued to slump. The data set includes final figures for 2015 and prelimnary figures for 2016 showing that emissions have fallen around 10 per cent over the past two years. The official data for 2015 shows emissions fell four per cent during the year, while preliminary data for 2016 suggests emissions then fell a further six per cent last year. The performance has been largely credited to a slump in coal power production, as energy efficiency measures, renewables, and gas power have all helped to reduce UK reliance on coal to record low levels. The result means total greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 42 per cent since 1990.
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