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The basics

The total UK greenhouse gas emissions per person per year are:

Tonnes CO2 or tonnes CO2 equivalentSource (year)
Total CO29.84see below
Methane 0.81[29] (2005)
Nitrous oxide 0.66 [29] (2005)
Hydrofluocarbons (HFCs) 0.15[29] (2005)
Perfluocarbons (PFCs)0.01[29] (2005)
Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)0.02[29] (2005)
Net imports (carbon trade balance)0.71[7]
Water transport 5.8MtC0.35[7]
Aviation (with RF allowance)0.86see aviation sources
Grand total13.41


The total CO2 emissions in the UK are 9.84 tonnes per person per year, of which the components are:

Primary demand (million toe) [36]Per person (MWh)MWh to tonnes CO2CO2 (tonnes)
Natural gas92.717.790.1853.29
Petroleum (excl non-energy use)78.114.990.2453.67
Coal46.58.920.3222.87
Total9.84


Electricity generation from fossil fuels is from:

Fuel used (million toe) [36]Per person (MWh)MWh to tonnes CO2CO2 (tonnes)
Coal 35.96.890.3222.22
Gas26.65.100.1850.94
Total3.16


Fossil fuel use is:

Fuel used (million toe) [36]Per person (MWh)MWh to tonnes CO2CO2 (tonnes)
Natural gas66.112.690.1852.35
Petroleum78.114.990.2453.67
Coal10.62.030.3220.66
Electricity3.16
Total9.84


The UK population mid-2006 was 60.6 million [source 26]

The average household size in 2003-4 was 2.4 people [42].


Abbreviations and conversions

KWh: Kilowatt hour
Mt: million tonnnes
MWh: Megawatt hour = 1000 KWh
toe: tonnes oil equivalent

Carbon to CO2: multiply by 3.67 (via atomic weights of 12 and 16)

Net versus Gross Calorific Value:
The Act On CO2 calculator uses Net CV factors rather than Gross [14]


References

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First published: 2008
Last updated: 26 Nov 2018