Figures released by the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) confirm a continued fall in emissions from UK paper mills.
Official 2014 emissions data have just been released and the downward trend in emissions from the sector has continued—2014 emissions being 13.5% lower than those in 2013 and an impressive 42% lower than in 2008. While some of this reduction can be attributed to lower production, the great majority has been delivered by investment in new power generation and a continued focus on energy efficiency.
Allowing for changes in production levels, the figures show that the amount of EU ETS reported carbon dioxide emitted by UK paper mills (per tonne of production) has fallen by a third in just seven years—from 0.64 tonnes CO2 per tonne of product to 0.42 tonnes.
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