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CO2 emissions from the construction industry in the United Kingdom (UK) 1990-2018

The levels of carbon dioxide emissions from the United Kingdom construction industry saw an overall increase during the period in question. In 1990, emissions amounted to 8.9 million metric tons and by 2018 had reached 12.7 million metric tons. This amounted to approximately three percent of the total carbon dioxide emissions in the UK that year.

Energy industry emissions in decline

  The energy supply sector has historically been one of the biggest CO2 emitters in the UK, but there has been recent progress in the reduction of emissions. In 2018 levels dropped to a low of 98 million metric tons. In comparison, levels 10 years prior amounted to 213 million metric tons. Progress can be attributed to the increased use of renewable energy sources, and the decline of the coal industry.

Transport biggest emitter

   Whilst the energy sector has shown progress towards reaching UK emission targets, progress in the transport sector has been slow. At present, transport is the biggest single polluter in the UK with a share of more than 30 percent of total CO2 emissions. The UK government has proposed a ban on the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 in a bid to reduce emissions.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the construction industry in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1990 to 2018

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Release date

November 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Provisional.
Sector and industry classification is based on the NACE code, which is the industry standard classification system for economic activities in the European Community.

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