UK greenhouse gas emissions ‘fall in 2006’

The UK's emissions of greenhouse gases fell half a percent in 2006, the government said on Thursday. But environmentalists cried foul, saying international aviation and the mild winter, which meant Britons used less fuel for heating, should be taken into account.

Environmentalists took issue with the government for excluding the UK’s share of international shipping and aviation, the Guardian reported, the latter of which rose by 1.5% in 2006. Emissions from domestic aviation, which fell by 2.8%, are included in the statistics.

"The pitiful reductions in emissions are made even more insignificant if emissions from aviation, which the government currently ignores, are included," said Richard Dyer, transport campaigner for Friends of the Earth.

Britain plans self-imposed legally binding targets to cut carbon emissions by 26-32% by 2025 and 60% by 2050 below 1990 levels. Green groups demand the UK toughen those goals.

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