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Local Authority Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Despite consistently falling over the past 15 years, in broad terms carbon emissions when considered on a per head basis are higher in Somerset when compared to the national average. This is largely associated with it being a predominantly rural area and the emissions associated with sectors such as transport and, to a lesser extent, agriculture. The former being one of the major sources of carbon emissions. On a per head basis in 2019 (latest available data) the carbon emissions per Somerset resident equated to c4.9tC02e.

When judged on the alternative measure of land area, carbon emissions are lower than the national average. On a per kilometre basis there was c0.8tC02e emitted in 2019.


Source: Carbon emissions by local authority (UK local authority and regional carbon dioxide emissions national statistics 2005 to 2019 – GOV.UK (