Looks like carbon offshoring is starting to be taken seriously…
For decades I’ve been banging away that the whole “the UK only emits 2% of global emissions” is nonsense. Yes, 2% may actually be released from these islands, but if we look at our combined carbon footprint – including all those phones and tablets being made in Chinese factories and clothes in Bangladesh, and blueberries grown in Chile, and all that stuff shipped to us, our footprint is at least 70% bigger.
I’ve not just been ranting about it here, I made the point to then UK Energy & Climate Change Minister Chris Huhne in a one-to-one meeting we had many years ago. He told me it was a good point, and he’d consider it. Huhne’s political career soon after ended in ignominy over a speeding ticket, so I don’t know what happened as a direct result, but the Government has started measuring imported emissions, even if it wasn’t included in national targets.
I’m no fan of Labour leader’s Jeremy Corbyn’s reheated 70s socialism and dodgy dictator mates, but praise where praise is due, at the weekend he announced a policy of including imported emissions in the climate change act. This proposal fits with a general ratcheting up of the scope of targets, with many politicians now calling for shipping and aviation to be included. I’m all for a bit of green one-upmanship, so lets keep it going!