Exploring the UK’s contribution to climate change (WWF)

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The WWF has done a comprehensive assessment of the UK’s contribution to climate change in 2019. Interestingly, the WWF has determined that the trend of CO2 emissions reductions varies greatly depending on the approach taken. The carbon footprint approach (UK consumption data) shows a much flatter decline compared to the UK Government’s territorial emissions approach.

Such analysis brings to light the need to differentiate between scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 emissions, as the WWF notes that nearly half of the UK’s carbon footprint is from emissions created overseas. The WWF proposes that consumption based accounting can help the UK to link its local emissions strategy to a global approach.

Six sectors contribute over 50% of the UK’s carbon emissions; home heating (9.7%), Car fuel (8.6%), electricity (8%), construction (6.7%), agriculture (6.6%) and air travel (5.9%).

Read the report here…


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