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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 21850, tabled on 24 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will publish data on UK emissions (a) in total, (b) per PPP$ of GDP and (c) in comparison with each G20 country in each of the last five years.

Answered on

29 June 2021

BEIS publishes absolute GHG emissions estimates, on a territorial basis, annually. Our latest final version is here (to 2019) [1] and our latest provisional version is here (to 2020) [2].

BEIS does not publish anything directly related to emissions per PPP$ of GDP. There are other resources available online, including:

Not all G20 countries publish emissions estimates annually, so it is not possible to provide a direct comparison between the UK and all members of the G20. However, the statistical release accompanying our annual statistics publication referenced earlier (here, [8]), does contain an "International Comparison" section, on page 24, which sets out where UK emissions sit relative to other G20 countries. Additionally, the UNFCCC website contains National Inventory GHG submissions from each country here. [9]


[1] 2019 UK greenhouse gas emissions: final figures - statistical release -

[2] 2020 UK greenhouse gas emissions: provisional figures - statistical release -

[3] Greenhouse gas emissions intensity, UK: 2018 provisional estimates

[4] Atmospheric emissions: greenhouse gas emissions intensity by industry

[5] UK Environmental Accounts: 2021

[6] The decoupling of economic growth from carbon emissions: UK evidence

[7] The World Bank Data Indicators

[8] 2019 UK greenhouse gas emissions: final figures - statistical release

[9] UNFCC National Inventory Submissions 2021

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