Portsmouth CO2 Emissions

I’m starting a blog for my research into data sets and government policy, particularly when relevant to Portsmouth. I’ll start with CO2 emissions for Portsmouth, since the city council recently passed a climate emergency motion.

This data is specific for Portsmouth, except for “Aviation, Shipping, etc” since that was not allocated to local areas in the original data. Aviation and Shipping are based on the UK average, which is not very accurate as Portsmouth is a busy port, but are included as a rough guide. As can be seen, the CO2 emissions have greatly decreased from industrial, commercial and domestic sources. Transport has had a modest decrease but remained mostly stagnant for the last few years. It is now the 2nd largest source of CO2 since domestic use has dropped to 3rd place. Forestry and other areas (abbreviated LULUCF) provides a tiny negative contribution. The council has set a target of 2030 to reach carbon neutral, so we have some way to go!

I’ll post a more detailed graph soon, with more types of CO2 sources. Source of the data is the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

While the above chart includes power generation and fuel use, it does not include the CO2 used in the products we import. Much of that CO2 gets released in China and around the world.

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