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

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