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Coal powers emissions increase in Wales

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Wales' emissions of climate changing gases increased by more than any other UK country, according to new figures. Greenhouse gas emissions increased by 5% in Wales between 2011 and 2012 [1], compared to just 1.3% in Scotland [2]. Most of the increase is the result of increased burning of coal to generate electricity [3].

Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, Gareth Clubb, said:

"Experts agree that we must leave ¾ of all known fossil fuel reserves underground if we're going to keep climate change in check.

"It's time we got to grips with our fossil fuel obsession. The Welsh Government needs to act decisively to put an immediate stop to any new fracking and opencast coal mining.

Notes

1. http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/reports/cat07/1406100827_DA_... page 60

2. Emissions increased by 3.8% in England, 2% in Northern Ireland and just 1.3% in Scotland http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/reports/cat07/1406100827_DA_... page xi

3. 85% of the increase is attributed to "energy supply", and most of this increase is from extra burning of coal http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/reports/cat07/1406100827_DA_... pages 62, 68

For further information, please contact Friends of the Earth Cymru on 029 2022 9577

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