Emissions projections are used as a way of monitoring progress towards the UK’s emission reduction targets. The government has set targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions out to 2050. Therefore a regularly updated set of projections is required as UK policy and understanding of likely future emissions evolves.
The projections which accompany this report are for the non-CO2 component of the Kyoto Protocol’s grouping of greenhouse gases (GHG) and are collectively referred to as the non-CO2 GHGs. These are:
- methane (CH4)
- nitrous oxide (N2O)
- hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
- perfluorocarbons (PFCs)
- sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)
Projected emissions of CO2 are reported in DECC’s Updated Emissions Projections and are not included within the coverage of this report or associated projections.