Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Imports and Exports

Part of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – in the House of Commons on 15th December 2020.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (International Trade)

When emissions from the production of imports, and from sea and air transport are included—minus those of exports—the UK has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 0.6% a year, not the 1.5% that the Government quote for territorial emissions alone. This country depends on imports, including the emissions that they produce. Ministers can kid themselves all they like, but is it not the case that unless the UK cuts the emissions that we are responsible for around the world, we are not going to make the contribution that we need to in order to deal with the climate emergency?