CBI Climate Change Report

Idiocy:

Yet the carbon footprint of our economy is larger than that. After taking into account the carbon emitted to produce the imports we buy, as well as the goods and services we export, it increases by at least 10 per cent.

This is the level of logical thought our Titans of Industry are capable of?

We could, if we wanted, add in the emissions from our imports, as they are connected with consumption here. We could also, if we were so minded, add in the emissions of our exports, as they are connected with production here.

But what we can\’t do is add both in. The emissions in our imports are counted in the production budgets of elsewhere: similarly, the production emissions of our exports are counted in the consumption budgets of elsewhere.

One or the other, not both.

4 comments on “CBI Climate Change Report

  1. there must be some way to account for co2 used to produce carrots(ie) in swaziland
    I suspect the difference in co2 in the US vs UK
    is due to carrots in CA shipped to UK are co2 free but not in New Jersey..

  2. The nice thing about carbon taxation is that it diverts even more money to our governments, who know so much better than we do about how to spend it wisely.

  3. Yep, people often make double counting errors with footprints. There’s another bit of fuzzy logic where they say that consumers are responsible for 60% of emissions – some of which is their lifestyles and some of which is the retail sector. Who is responsible for the rest, then?

    The GHG protocol encourges you to count all emissions that you have some control over, even if that means double counting (e.g. in your supply chain), so that you can work out where investment will have most impact. So long as you keep different categories seperate, and don’t double count when everyone’s is added up.

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