UK lockdown slump cut consumer carbon emissions by a quarter

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Drop in spending between end of March and early July caused emissions to fall by 4.3m tonnes, study says

A slump in UK consumer spending during the coronavirus lockdown has erased almost the same carbon emissions as produced by the city of Nottingham in a year, according to a new report.

Carbon emissions from the UK’s main consumer industries tumbled by more than a quarter during the national coronavirus lockdown as people travelled less and cut down on clothes shopping.

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