Reducing the UK's carbon footprint and managing competitiveness risks

1st April 2013

Topic(s): Renewables, Policy, law and regulation

This report responds to a request by the Government to look at the role of consumption based emissions. It covers past trends and set out future scenarios for UK consumption emissions. It also considers lifecycle emissions of low-carbon technologies in order to understand how their deployment would impact the UK’s carbon footprint.
In providing this advice, this report address the related issue as to whether offshoring of industry in response to low-carbon policies has been or could be a significant contributory factor to reductions in production emissions. This would not have any benefits for the UK’s carbon footprint and therefore global emission reductions, and would not be desirable from a wider economic perspective.

It is important that these competitiveness risks are assessed and managed when designing approaches to reduce emissions. This is clear in the Climate Change Act, which requires us to consider international circumstances and competitiveness impacts when advising on carbon budgets.


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