A reduced demand for fossil fuels saw CO2 emissions produced by the UK energy industry fall by 2% in 2008, according to a report.

That is one of the findings of the Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2009, released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

There was a 1% fall in prime energy consumption last year, which coupled with a significant shift from coal to gas, led to the reduction in CO2 emissions, the report found.

Electricity generated from renewable energy sources accounted for 5.5% of total electricity generation, up from 4.9% in 2007.

Installed electrical generating capacity from renewable sources jumped by 19% in 2008, which the report claimed was largely due to 49% and 38% increases in offshore and onshore wind capacity respectively.