Some 30,000 companies could be required to report their annual greenhouse gas emissions under plans published by the environment department (DEFRA) on Wednesday.
The government is required to consider introducing mandatory carbon reporting by the Climate Change Act 2008. By 6 April 2012, the government must make regulations for carbon reporting, or explain to Parliament why it has not.
DEFRA’s consultation proposes three options for the coverage of mandatory reporting. One option is to require all companies quoted on the London stock exchange to report. This would catch some 1,100 companies, but not privately owned? ones.