Developed country carbon savings are being eclipsed by CO2 embedded in imports, confirms a comprehensive international analysis published in a leading scientific journal.
CO2 embedded in oil, coal, metal ores and manufactured goods imported from developing to developed nations top the list. These embedded emissions have grown nearly threefold since 1990 to 2.1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2008.
Emissions embedded in energy-intensive goods imported from developing countries grew threefold to 822MtCO2 in 2008. This includes paper, metals, concrete and chemicals. Emissions in other imported goods such as textiles, cars, electronics or machinery also tripled to 949MtCO2 in 2008.