Policy paper

A comparison of emissions factors for electricity generation

The aim of this note is to explain the differences between electricity emissions factors and the reasons for these differences.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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A comparison of emissions factors for electricity generation

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) produce and publish a range of emissions factors, some in partnership with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for many greenhouse gas emitting activities. For electricity generation, there are a range of different emissions factors used by different policy areas, such as:

  • The UK’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  • The EU-ETS
  • DECC/Defra Company reporting factors
  • Climate Change Agreements (CCA)
  • The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme
  • DUKES
  • Fuel Mix Disclosure

The aim of this note is to explain the differences between these electricity emissions factors and the reasons for these differences.

Published 17 July 2013