Imported emissions ‘mean UK’s carbon footprint peaked later than believed’

The Office for National Statistics said while directly-produced carbon emissions peaked in 1972, total carbon emissions created by the UK economy peaked thirty-five years later

Imported emissions mean the UK's carbon footprint didn't peak as early as widely believed.

That's the claim from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which says emissions produced when the UK imports foreign-manufactured products significantly increase the environmental impact of the national economy.

It notes while directly-produced carbon emissions peaked in 1972, total carbon emissions created by the UK economy peaked thirty-five years later in 2007 - imported emissions account for this difference.

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