Imported emissions mislead

WRAP has examined the difference between territorial and consumption-based emissions (which includes emissions connected with imported goods such as food etc.) within the G7 and found 1.8 billion tonnes of GHG emissions, measured in CO2eq are currently being missed by focusing on territorial emissions, and not equally on consumption-based emissions.

Marcus Gover, WRAP CEO, said: “Actions by every citizen on Earth are fuelling this climate emergency, and governments need to move faster in acting on consumption-based emissions. The G7 members alone are currently falling short by nearly 2 billion tonnes of GHG emissions every year in terms of consumption-based emissions.”

The findings are from WRAP’s report Seven Steps Towards Net Zero, which expands on earlier work examining the situation in the UK that set out eight strategies to tackle consumption-based emissions. The new report takes the work to an international level with an assessment of the G7 member states - and makes recommendations applicable for other governments and businesses across all nations.

WRAP is calling on not only the G7 nations of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and the US, but on all countries to monitor and set reduction targets for their consumption-based emissions, alongside reporting territorial emissions under existing international agreements.

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