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Redcar Steelworks Closure Contributes To Sharp Drop In UK CO2 Emissions

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Gazette Live

The closure of Redcar steelworks contributed to a steep fall in UK’s carbon emissions last year, analysis suggests.

The UK’s carbon dioxide emissions fell by almost 6% in 2016 after coal use more than halved to record lows.

Carbon emissions from coal fell 50% as use of the fossil fuel dropped by 52%, with three coal fired power stations closing in the UK in 2016, according to the Carbon Brief website, which reports on climate science and energy policy.

UK coal demand is falling rapidly because of cheaper gas, a hike in carbon taxes on the highly polluting fuel, expansion of renewables, dropping demand for energy overall and the closure of Redcar steelworks in late 2015.

The closure of the SSI works led the loss of more than 2,000 direct jobs and delivered a devastating blow to the Redcar economy.

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