FIGURES show that emissions caused by cars, trains and other vehicles in South Lakeland fell by a record amount in 2020.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy figures show transport – including cars, trains and other modes of travel – caused 283 kilo-tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (ktCO2e) emissions in South Lakeland in 2020.

This was down from 376 the year before and the largest decrease since 2005, when records began – that year, transport emissions hit 410 ktCO2e.

Carbon dioxide equivalent determines the amount of CO2 that would need to be emitted to equal the same global warming potential of other produced greenhouse gases.

Road vehicles accounted for 97% of transport emissions, while diesel-powered trains produced a further 2%.

South Lakeland's total greenhouse gas emissions fell to 1,085 ktC02e in 2020, down 12% from 1,085 the year before.

Of this, 26% was caused by transport, while commercial emissions accounted for 5%, industry produced 10% and domestic use 18%.

The average person in South Lakeland produced 10 tCO2e in 2020.