UK Government departments exceed their 10% CO2 reduction targets

Government carbon dioxide emissions between May 2010 and May 2011 amounted to 646,231 tonnes, which is 13.8% less than the previous year.

Carbon Visuals was commissioned by DECC to produce a set of high-resolution Google Earth images to illustrate Government department carbon footprints and reduction targets. The total carbon dioxide emissions between May 2010 and May 2011 amounted to 646,231 tonnes, which is 13.8% less than the previous year. This is what that looks like.

The actual volume of carbon dioxide gas emitted by the UK Government in 2010/11 (red volume). The saving on 2009/10 - the gas that didn't enter the atmosphere - is shown as the dashed volume. The target is shown as a red band.

See the Government press release here: www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn11059/pn11059.aspx

 

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The view from Pall Mall, looking down Waterloo Place.

Actual volumes of emissions (and targets and savings) from Government Departments. The columns are 175 metres wide. The area of the base of each column is 3 hectares (7.6 acres). The heights of the red volumes range from 2,846 metres (Dept. of Work and Pensions) to 17 metres (Dept. of Energy and Climate Change).

The volumetric carbon footprints and targets are shown here for different Departments. From left to right: Department of Work and Pensions; Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs; Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Defence; Home Office; Department for Transport; Department for Communities and Local Government; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Law Officers' Department; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Department of Health; Department for Education; Cabinet Office; UK Statistics Authority; Her Majesty's Treasury; Department for International Development; Department for Culture Media and Sport; Department of Energy and Climate Change

View from Tottenham Court Road

Left to right: Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Defence; Home Office; Department for Transport; Department for Communities and Local Government; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Law Officers' Department; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Department of Health; Department for Education; Cabinet Office; UK Statistics Authority

Left to right: Ministry of Defence; Home Office; Department for Transport; Department for Communities and Local Government; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Law Officers' Department; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Foreign and Commonwealth Office

More images at: http://post.ly/2LYcV

Left to right: Left to right: Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Department of Health; Department for Education; Cabinet Office; UK Statistics Authority