The UK government has released the 2016 conversion factors for calculating your greenhouse gas emissions. They are co-produced by the environment department, Defra.
The factors cover emissions from key activities, including the use of energy, water, transport and materials, as well as the production of waste.
Read on to find a summary from Circular Ecology's Dr Stephen Allen of what's new this year...
This is thanks to a significant decrease in coal generation, and an increase in gas and renewables generation in 2014 (the inventory year for which the 2016 GHG Conversion Factor was derived). As shown in the figure below, the generation of an average kWh in 2016 produced 0.41205 kgCO2e of greenhouse gas emissions, 11% less than 2015.
Relative to recent years, the government says that only a small number of methodology changes have been made this year, as a result of ongoing quality assurance. There has been a change to the method of calculating of electricity emissions factors, but it states that this change is insignificant and hence there is no re-issue of historic emissions factors. This is good news in the sense that you don't need to recalculate past emissions!
To access the 2016 Defra emissions factors, click here.
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