The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in all areas throughout the UK, including in Essex.

In an interactive map it breaks down the level of emissions from 2005 to 2019, detailing if they went up or down in a specific place over time.

The map is based off data from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which produces annual CO2 emissions estimates for the UK nations.

Overall there has been improvement in the UK, with data showing that CO2 emission fell by 36 per cent between 2005 and 2019, but this does vary by area.

In England, CO2 emissions dropped by 32 per cent during the same time period with the Scottish levels dropping by 35 per cent and the Welsh and Irish levels reducing by 29 per cent and 23 per cent respectively.

However, the East of England as a whole fell the least by region, at only 30 per cent in that timeframe.

What were CO2 emissions like in Essex?

Romford was the worst area for emissions in the county, as in 2019 it produced 8.1 kilotonnes of CO2 per kilometre squared.

This was still a decrease from 11.5 kilotonnes back in 2005.

Comparatively, Maldon was the best area in Essex, producing only 0.6 kilotonnes of CO2 per kilometre squared.

Here's how the rest of the county fared for its 2019 levels:

  • Braintree - 1.1 kilotonnes per kilometre squared
  • Basildon - 6.5
  • Brentwood - 3.0
  • Castle Point - 4.1
  • Chelmsford - 2.4
  • Colchester - 2.2
  • Maldon - 0.6
  • Rochford - 1.1
  • Romford 8.1
  • Southend - 7.7
  • Tendring - 1.5
  • Thurrock - 5.0
  • Uttlesford - 1.1

To see a closer breakdown of your area or to compare Essex's results with the rest of the country, visit the ONS website.