Official Statistics

UK's carbon footprint

Annual greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions relating to UK consumption.


UK's Carbon Footprint 1997-2017

Data download consumption emissions 1997-2017

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Table 13 - Indirect emissions from the supply chain

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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.

Please note Table 13 (Indirect emissions from the supply chain) has been discontinued. We recommend you use the conversion factors for converting and calculating supply chain emissions factors.

There are some conversion factors for 2017 included in the spreadsheet.

Please note the data for 1990 to 1996 is included in the spreadsheet on all tables and charts, but does not have the same level of confidence as the data from 1997 onwards.

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Published 13 December 2012
Last updated 16 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Amendments made to statistical release to ensure it is fully accessible.

  2. Broken links fixed.

  3. Replacement of ODS attachment with corrected version.

  4. Amendment to colour contrast of figure 2, text non justified and link fixed.

  5. Annual update.

  6. Annual update.

  7. Annual update.

  8. Annual update to publication.

  9. Headings amended on Data download consumption emissions 1997-2013 table.

  10. Embedded emissions spread sheet amended.

  11. slightly amended the download consumption emissions table

  12. Annual update to statistical notice and dataset.

  13. new edition published with data to 2012

  14. Amendment to Table 13.

  15. updated table 13 appended on indirect emissions to the supply chain

  16. New figures 1997-2011

  17. First published.