The Office for National Statistics’ latest Climate Change insights data has revealed that 2023 has been a “warmer than average” year as consumption-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fall by only 2% from 2018.

According to the paper, UK provisional mean temperatures for January and February 2023 were 1.7 degrees Celsius above the 2020 average.

As a result, there has been a 28% increase in the annual average of “summer days” (days that surpass 25 degrees Celsius) alongside a 16% decrease in the number of “icing days” (days that experience temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius).

This follows the IPCC’s latest report warning that emissions will need to be cut by almost 50% by 2030 to stay within the 1.5°C maximum global temperature increase.

Public concerns reflect these environmental changes with 64% of adults saying they are “somewhat” or “very worried” about the impact of climate change according to the Opinion and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) from 5 April to 1 May 2023.


Since 1990, GHG emissions on a residence basis (emissions by UK residences and UK-registered businesses) have fallen by over a third (39%). Human health and social work activities accounted for 1% of UK emissions in this provisional measure in 2021, falling by only 11% since 1990.

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