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Average Briton's carbon footprint reduced by a third



Of the G7 group of nations, Great Britain has emerged as the most successful in boosting its economy and cutting climate change emissions over the past 2 decades.

Since the 1992 signing of the UN climate convention, the average British resident's carbon footprint has dropped by 33%, are 130% richer and economic output per person has more than doubled according to a recent Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit report.

The report credits the 1990's 'dash for gas' power, a switch to a more services-based economy, the Climate Change Act 2008, energy efficiency schemes and cutting methane from landfill sites. Richard Black, Director, ECIU commented 'it's perfectly possible to get richer and cleaner at the same time.

Energy schemes have indeed helped Britain reduce its carbon footprint, however, questions have been raised around the UK's has simply shifted its emission overseas by importing more products made in China than ever before.

Written by Nick Dereka, Head of Digital, Prime People Plc.