UK carbon footprint rose 3% – Did yours?

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UK carbon footprint rose 3% – Did yours?


Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions caused by UK consumption increased slightly between 2012-2013, according to official figures published by Defra earlier this month.

Although these emissions have reduced by 19% since their peak in 2007, the 2013 rise of 3% may reflect a new upwards trend following a 2% increase the year prior.

A government spokesperson said: “Tackling climate change is a priority and it is essential in ensuring economic prosperity and security for our country. The fifth carbon budget will help us meet the UK’s legally binding target of an at least 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

UK companies increasingly demonstrate their own commitment to carbon reduction by quantifying their GHG emissions, in order to meet consumer, investor and supplier expectations.

Tools include Carbon Footprints to ISO 14064 standard, and participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project.

The UK-wide carbon footprint data covers total greenhouse gas emissions, which includes carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated compounds. These statistics also differ from domestic emissions data by accounting for emissions that occur during the consumption of goods and services, including foreign manufacture of imports.

Imports are believed to be the main cause of the recent increase of the national figures.


How Envantage can help

Is your company’s carbon footprint growing? If it is shrinking, are you telling your customers and stakeholders about it?

Work with Envantage to quantify and report on your Greenhouse Gas inventories with enhanced integrity, credibility and consistency.

Our experienced consultants can help you achieve ISO 14064 verification, carbon abatement strategies, Carbon Disclosure Projects carried out on a global scale – and more.

To get started and learn more, please call Envantage on 0800 054 2577 or email


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