Sources of Carbon Dioxide

The major source of carbon dioxide comes from the burning of fossil fuels. In 2004, the UK emissions of carbon dioxide were over 150 million tonnes. That would cover a football pitch to a height of 157 kilometres!

The Kyoto protocol was an agreement made in 1997, and finally ratified in 2005, that commits participating countries to reducing their greenhouse gas emission. As a baseline level, each country’s 1990 greenhouse gas emissions were chosen. The UK has pledged to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 60% of 1990 levels over the next 45 years.

The gases included are methane, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and fluorocarbons. Currently they do not include emissions from aircraft.