Natural gas is heating up the world’s skies, with the UK enjoying its warmest January on record.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the UK recorded a record monthly average of more than 1,600mbof CO2-eemissions in January, compared with more than 500mb a month in February.
The country’s total CO2 emissions have now exceeded the UK’s emissions during the same period in 2014, the agency said.
Natural gas is the second most common form of fossil fuel in the world after coal.
The UK has a long history of burning gas as a source of energy.
In March, the Government announced a “red alert” over the country’s ability to meet its emissions targets.
The emergency fuel policy allows the government to freeze or lower fuel prices if they exceed a certain level.
Natural fuel prices are set by the fuel market operator, the National Grid, and fluctuate widely, with peak prices often being as high as £1.50 per litre.
“The national emergency fuel rule means the price of natural gas will continue to increase in real terms as we struggle to meet our climate targets,” Environment Secretary Michael Gove said.
“We know that gas is a crucial component of the UK energy mix and this will mean a cost to consumers for fuel and energy bills.”
Gas is used to generate electricity, and the National Electricity Market regulates gas usage.