A new report out insisting that British carbon emissions reductions aren’t all they seem. Because we import some of our emissions. So, we’re not doing as well as we say:
The UK’s efforts to cut greenhouse gases are being undermined by a failure to put in place climate policies that cover imported goods, research has found.
The government is committed to cutting the UK’s carbon output to net zero by 2050, and emissions have been falling for the past three decades. But that does not take into account the “invisible” side of Britain’s carbon footprint, which comes from international travel and the carbon produced overseas to make goods that are used here.
About half of Britain’s true carbon footprint is made up of these sources, according to a report from the conservation charity WWF.
Emissions associated with imports to the UK, including international travel, have risen from about 316m tonnes of carbon in 1990 to 360m tonnes in 2016 and 358m tonnes in 2017, the latest year for which data is available. These imported emissions can vary substantially from year to year, but have been broadly steady or rising, though they are down from a peak of 449m in 2007, before the financial crisis.
So, something down 25% is holding steady or increasing, is it? But that’s not the biggie here.
The complaint is that we’re not accounting for those foreign, then imported, emissions. Oh Aye?
While UK carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions peaked in 1972, once we consider imported emissions – such as when the UK imports products that are manufactured abroad – UK emissions peaked in 2007.
The Office for National Statistics actually reports on the issue. Keeps tabs on it. This means that we’re not measuring it?
We should, of course, run the world as the oh so perceptive folks at the WWF suggest then, eh?
Presumably Jolyon and Jocasta skipped the logic parts of their courses to do more grievance studies.