DECC denies climate policy effect on UK's global emissions

Higher emissions from imports are not due to climate policies, says the energy and climate department

The energy and climate department (DECC) has denied that the UK's progress in cutting domestic carbon emissions is at the expense of the global carbon budget.

It has also confirmed that climate targets will continue to be based on domestic emissions.

DECC recognises that the UK’s global carbon footprint has increased through imports from carbon-intensive exporters, such as China. This has occurred as domestic emissions are falling (ENDS Report, April 2012).

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