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Report shows the largest annual decline in CO2 emissions, due to the coronavirus

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Posted on: 11 December 2020

A report published by Earth System Science Data has shown that the UK and France have seen the largest annual decline in CO2 emissions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The study found that global carbon emissions this year fell by 2.4 billion tonnes.

France saw an annual decline in CO2 emissions by 15 per cent, while the UK figure dropped by 13 per cent, it is reported.

The main reason according to one contributor to the study, a Professor from the University of East Anglia, is that both countries have had two waves of confinement that were quite severe compared with other countries.

Here, climate experts have drafted a plan that once completed, will enshrine what every Devon citizen, business and organisation has to do to ensure that Devon becomes net-zero.

The draft plan is now open to public consultation, and will run until Monday 15 February.

Please take time to visit the Devon Climate Emergency website and have a look at the ‘Interim Devon Carbon Plan’

You’ll be asked to indicate to what extent you agree with proposed actions on topics including travel, renewable energy, air quality, fuel, land use, and even our diets. The proposals are based on what Devon residents suggested in the recent public call for evidence.

You can obtain a paper copy:

  • From your local library from January 6, 2021.
  • By email: environmentalpolicy@devon.gov.uk
  • By phone: 0345 155 1015

There’s also a series of live webinars to explain the key points of the interim carbon plan, where you can hear from the experts who helped create the plan, participate in polls and have your questions answered.

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