These statistics provide the most reliable and consistent breakdown of CO2 emissions across the country, using nationally available data sets going back to 2005.
The main data sources are the UK National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory and the BEIS National Statistics of energy consumption for local authority areas. All emissions included in the national inventory are covered, except aviation, shipping and military transport, for which there is no obvious basis for allocation to local areas.
- statistical summary: one page summary of local authority emissions statistics
- statistical release: summary of local authority emissions statistics including UK emissions maps
- data tables: all data tables for local authority emissions
- technical report: methodology adopted to estimate carbon dioxide emissions at local level
- employment based energy consumption mapping in the UK: methodology used to map emissions from smaller industrial and commercial sources
- mapping carbon emissions and removals for the land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector: LULUCF emissions and removals at the local authority level, prepared by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
In addition, interactive local authority level emissions maps are published on the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) website on behalf of BEIS. Users can zoom in to any UK local authority, see the emissions for the area and identify the significant point sources, such as iron and steel plants. The data can be filtered by sector, and to see how emissions have changed across the time series.
Air pollution data are also available on a local authority basis which looks at a number of gases that cause air pollution. Carbon dioxide which is presented in the emissions reports above is also considered an air pollutant. A number of activities contribute to both air pollutant and carbon dioxide emissions. Other activities that contribute to carbon dioxide emissions do not contribute to air pollutant emissions and vice versa.
This is a National Statistics publication and complies with the code of practice for statistics. Please check our frequently asked questions or email Climatechange.Statistics@beis.gov.uk if you have any questions or comments about the information on this page.