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This consultation sought views on whether regulations should be introduced to make it mandatory for some UK companies to report on their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or whether the Government should continue to encourage measuring and reporting of GHG emissions on a voluntary basis.
Section 85 of the Climate Change Act 2008 requires the Government to make regulations, under the Companies Act 2006, by 6 April 2012 requiring the directors’ report of a company to include information about GHG emissions as is specified in regulations, or to lay a report before Parliament explaining why no such regulations have been made.
Undertaken to inform the Ministers’ decision on whether to introduce regulations, the consultation document considered four different options, including a voluntary approach, designed to promote more widespread and consistent reporting by companies of GHG emissions.