EDF Energy increased its carbon emissions by almost 40%

03/10/2013 11:00 CO2

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EDF Energy has recently released its latest sustainability report according to which last year it has emitted 21 million tons of carbon dioxide registering an increase of almost 40% in comparison to 2011 levels.

EDF explained that the increase was driven by burning more coal at its power stations, in a move which aims to meet the energy requirements of the UK. UK has increased its coal consumption as natural gas prices increased, and electricity generation shifted from gas to coal in 2012. The increase on greenhouse gas emissions meant EDF was behind its stated target of reducing emissions by 60% by 2020 from a 2006 baseline of 813tonnes/GWh, but said the situation would improve as it built more nuclear generating capacity. EDF Energy also missed the objective to slash emissions from its commercial buildings by 30% by 2012, reducing it by just over 5%.

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