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First pandemic year saw 50,000 tonne drop in transport emissions

First pandemic year saw 50,000 tonne drop in transport emissions

Friday 06 May 2022

First pandemic year saw 50,000 tonne drop in transport emissions

Friday 06 May 2022


Jersey's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by around 60,000 tonnes in the first year of the pandemic, according to a report exposing lockdown's effect on the environment.

The island emitted around 357,000 tonnes in 2020, compared to 419,000 in 2019.

The huge drop was largely down to the reduced need for vehicles due to covid.

Transport emissions alone fell by almost 50,000 tonnes between 2019 and 2020.

Overall, transport was responsible for 36% of Jersey's total emissions in the first pandemic year, compared to 42% the year before.

The data for 2020 was released for the first time this week. It was captured for the UK's annual inventory – data for which is always released two years in arrears due to the complexity of the data and nature of the analysis.

Assistant Minister for the Environment, Deputy Jess Perchard, said the new data showed that islanders "can make significant lifestyle changes when urgently required."

"We should take this learning into our future carbon-reduction planning, encouraging workplaces to continue to be flexible regarding carbon-reducing working arrangements as well as encouraging more active travel," she continued.

"This is, still, just a start and there is no room for complacency. The recently-approved Carbon Neutral Roadmap will ensure we not only continue to move in the right direction but can feel optimistic about our ultimate aim of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change."

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