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.
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.
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