Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions

Carbon Dioxide is a significant greenhouse gas. Data produced is a measure of combined emissions from industrial, domestic, household and land use. Within Devon and its neighbouring areas the lowest emissions per head are in urban locations such as Torbay, Plymouth and Exeter. The highest are in more rural areas such as West Devon and Mid Devon. Major factors involved in this distribution are greater distances travelled to work and to access services and high levels of emissions as a result of agriculture. In rural locations travel by car to access employment and essential services is often the only option. Total emissions levels in rural areas tend however to be more similar to urban areas, due to higher overall populations in urban areas.

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  Total Emissions ('000 tonnes) 2008 CO2 Emissions Per Capita (tonnes) 2005 CO2 Emissions Per Capita (tonnes) 2008
Devon 6096 8.9 8.2
Plymouth 1414 6 5.5
Torbay 6665 5.4 5
Somerset 4925 10 9.4
England 413963 8.6 8
East Devon 939 7.4 7.1
Exeter 691 7.6 5.8
Mid Devon 788 11.1 10.4
North Devon 774 8.8 8.5
South Hams 846 11 10.1
Teignbridge 1004 8.4 7.9
Torridge 480 7.9 7.3
West Devon 574 11.1 10.9