Has the cold weather caused the nation’s carbon emissions to go up?

 

C Dyer, by email

 

There’s a temptation to immediately assume that emissions must have gone up during the freezing conditions as shivering folk around the country reach for the heating controls, or switch on the kettle to fill a hot water bottle. In fact, the National Grid has been reporting record surges in demand. But what about the reduction in road traffic over the same period? Does our reduction in mobility cancel out the heating-related emissions?

 

Please do post your thoughts below and I’ll return later in the week to go through the responses.

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