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Household emissions down 4.6%

Households in the UK emitted 4.6 per cent less carbon dioxide in 2007 than in the previous year, according to new figures.

The data released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals that the residential sector released 3.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide less into the atmosphere than in 2006.

Overall, the new figures suggest that the UK's greenhouse gas emissions were 1.7 per cent lower last year than the year before.

Ed Miliband, the secretary of state for energy and climate change, said: "It's important that we are making progress towards reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and we are on course to be one of the first countries to do better than our Kyoto commitment."

However, the World Development Movement has claimed that government claims that emissions have fallen by almost 13 per cent is a manipulation of the figures and that a more accurate figure is five per cent.

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