Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 9th June 2011.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has considered the merits of asking the Committee on Climate Change to examine outsourced emissions and consumption-based accounting of greenhouse gas emissions.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The work programme for the Committee on Climate Change is planned and managed through an annual business planning process agreed between the Government, devolved Administrations and the Committee on Climate Change. The Government have no immediate plans to ask the CCC to undertake work on outsourced emissions.

We do, however, recognise the importance of the impact on emissions of the whole life cycle of the products we consume, and the increasingly global nature of supply chains means that there is a more and more complex picture of where in the life history of a product the emissions actually arise. The Government's Green Economy Programme is working to identify and help reduce the lifecycle carbon and other environmental impacts that are associated with UK consumption, wherever in the world those impacts occur.

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