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New climate change stats revealing the carbon footprint of every part of the UK have been published.

The statistics calculate the climate impact of the energy used by homes, businesses and road transport in each local authority area throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The UK has already reduced its emissions by 21% on 1990 levels and is committed to a reduction of at least 34% by 2020.

The statistics say the UK's overall CO2 emissions dropped by2% between 2005 and 2007, and that:

– Emissions have fallen in 335 out of the 434 local authorities in the UK

– The North East had the highest emissions per person at 12.5million tonnes in 2007 but had the largest reduction between 2005 and 2007

– Greater London had the least CO2 emissions per person at 6million tonnes in 2007

A breakdown of the results for each geographical area can be found at: http://decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/climate_change/climate_change.aspx

Energy and climate change minister, David Kidney said: "I am very encouraged by the results published today. Every community in the country is working to cut their carbon footprint. Local Authorities are at the heart of the community and as such can help in setting an example on tackling climate change through their own actions.

"With only 80 days left to secure a global deal at the crucial climate talks in Copenhagen, action here at home has never been more important to show the world what we can do.

"We are helping people and businesses to save energy, cut emissions and save money. Amongst our plans, every home will have a smart meter to monitor energy use by 2020, millions more homes will be insulated, we'll provide incentives for businesses to go green and we'll be targeting support to vulnerable people who need it most."

 

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