The UK has become the first major economy to halve its emissions, achieving a 50% reduction between 1990 and 2022 while experiencing a nearly 80% growth in the economy, according to new official statistics.
This accomplishment surpasses France‘s 23% reduction and the US status quo during the same period.
Renewables now contribute nearly 40% of the UK’s electricity, up from just 7% in 2010.
Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said: “The UK is the first major economy – of the top 20 countries – to halve its emissions. This is an enormous achievement by itself but also because we have done this in a pragmatic way – growing our economy by 80% at the same time and protecting family finances.
“With some of the most ambitious targets in the world, we should be proud that we’ve over-achieved on our carbon budget for the third time in a row. We will continue to meet out targets but in a pragmatic way that doesn’t clobber extra costs onto hard working families.”