MPs believe it 'very likely' UK emissions much higher than reported

Influential MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee are looking into the case for consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reporting in the UK.

The committee, chaired by Tim Yeo MP (pictured), is looking into allegations that UK emissions are only falling because they are recorded on a production basis.

Production-based emissions reporting only looks at emissions produced physically within a particular territory.

However, if the more thorough consumption-based accounting method was used it is, according to the committee 'very likely' UK emissions would be up.

A spokesman for the committee said: "This inquiry will explore whether there is a case for the adoption of consumption-based emissions reporting in the UK, whether it is feasible to do this in practice.

"And, whether emissions reduction targets might be adopted on a consumption basis and what the implications for international negotiations on climate change might be if the UK, and others, took this approach."

The committee is calling for evidence, with a deadline of October 25, e-mail including a contact name, telephone number and postal address.

Luke Walsh


gas | energy manager


Energy efficiency & low-carbon
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