The carbon emissions generated in all that we consume

The aim of this study was to increase the understanding of the fundamental drivers of carbon emissions in the UK and to show how all carbon emissions can be attributed to the delivery of products and services to meet the needs of the end consumer.


Publication date: January 2006
Information in this report was correct at the time of publication

Ultimately, all economic activity exists to provide products and services to the end consumer. The link between business emissions and final consumer products is, however, not well understood. This 'consumption-based view' has the potential to allow business to target those consumer products and services which have highest overall carbon emissions.

For this reason, the Carbon Trust initiated this study to attribute all carbon emissions to final product and service categories. The report describes the work undertaken and presents the carbon footprint of the most carbon intensive products and services consumed in the UK.


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