Imports wipe out Kyoto cuts

Emissions embedded in imported goods exceed cuts made by developed nations under the Kyoto Protocol, an analysis has found

Carbon savings made by developed countries are being eclipsed by CO2 embedded in imports, confirms an international analysis published in a leading scientific journal.1

CO2 embedded in oil, coal, metal ores and manufactured goods imported into developed countries from developing nations top the list. These embedded emissions have grown nearly threefold since 1990 to 2.1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2008.

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