Annual carbon dioxide emissions relating to UK consumption.
There has been a breach of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics relating to this release. On 18th March 2015 some information was divulged to a journalist by the researchers in advance of publication on 19th March. The Defra Head of Profession for statistics has been informed and a report of the breach is being sent to the National Statistician’s Office.
This publication investigates the impact that UK consumption has on carbon dioxide emissions. The worldwide production of goods consumed in the UK is taken into account, as well as goods produced in the UK and emissions directly generated by UK households. The structure of the UK economy has been shifting towards the services sector. The consequence of this is that more of the goods UK households consume are now produced abroad.
We are all consumers – of food and drink, personal travel, household products and travel tourism. As such, we are accountable to some degree for the pressures which our consumption puts on the environment.
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