Household energy usage drops and recycling rates rocket

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Households were the highest fossil fuel users in 2019, compared with the energy, manufacturing and transport sectors. And while fossil fuels made up 92 percent of energy consumption in 1990, by 2019 the proportion had dropped to 80 percent. Meanwhile, UK households are recycling more than ever before, up from 40 percent in 2010 to 45 percent in 2019, with the highest rates currently in Wales at 56 percent.

The amount of food wasted also fell by around 15 percent between 2007 and 2018, the ONS said. Food waste was equivalent to 143kg per person in 2018 compared with 181kg per person in 2007. Some 70 percent of the waste was blamed on households in 2018, a slight drop from 2007.

The ONS said: “In recent years, attitudes towards climate change have changed.”

Its analysis showed more people say they are concerned about global warming, with over three-quarters fearing for the state of the planet in March 2020, with 22 percent unconcerned.

In 2012, 65 percent of people said they were worried, while 35 percent were not.

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