Confirmed: How UK emissions fell a record 9.5 per cent during Covid-hit 2020

Michael Holder
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Photo of empty M4 motorway in Wales taken at the end of March 2020 | Credit: Seth Whales
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Photo of empty M4 motorway in Wales taken at the end of March 2020 | Credit: Seth Whales

Pandemic drives major downturn in UK greenhouse gas emissions but rebound widely expected in 2021 and beyond

UK greenhouse gas emissions plummeted by a record 9.5 per cent in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic drove a slowdown across the economy and led to a sharp reduction in road transport as people avoided travel...

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