CO2 emissions intensity by industry

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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Thousand Tonnes per Million GBP (£)

Footnote: 2017 Carbon Dioxide emissions data are provisional

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CO2 emissions intensity by industry

Indicator description

Carbon dioxide intensity is calculated by dividing the level of carbon dioxide emissions by gross value added (GVA) in constant prices. This is the difference between output and intermediate consumption for any given industry/sector. This means the difference between the value of goods and services produced (output) and the cost of raw materials and other inputs which are used up in production (intermediate consumption). Data are in constant prices with 2016 defined as the base year.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Thousand Tonnes per Million GBP (£)

Available disaggregations
Other information

All emissions intensity figures exclude consumer expenditure. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 13 January 2022
Metadata last updated 13 January 2022

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

CO2 emission per unit of value added

Target name

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

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Office for National Statistics (ONS)



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Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 05 February 2019
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Statistical classification

National Statistic

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