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Both rural and uban environments face similar challenges with issues such as flooding, flytipping however the implications of these issues can be significant in rural areas where the cost of dealing with them is significantly higher per incident.  Delivering waste management services to rural communities also has significant challenges in terms of cost and logistics and analysis on these issues and other environmental concerns are included in this section.

Residual fuels are defined as non-gas, non-electricity and non-road transport fuels, and cover consumption of coal, petroleum, manufactured solid fuels and bioenergy and waste not used for electricity generation or road transport. This analysis looks at the situation for a chosen authority, and the different consumptions for rural and urban authorities. It is interesting to note how different fuel types are favoured in certain rural-urban settings, and the change of level of use over the previous ten years for some fuel types.

All data comes from Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.

This analysis presents information on electricity and gas consumption at the local authority level for the period spanning 2005 to 2015. The data comes from the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

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