UK GOVERNMENT POSITION ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS:
The UK Government’s October 2017 report “Clean Growth Strategy” includes the following statements:
“The Climate Act requires the UK to reduce its emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050. This means greenhouse gas emissions falling from around 14 tonnes per person in 1990 to around 2 tonnes per person in 2050.
“The transport sector now accounts for 24 per cent of the UK’s emissions. … To meet our 2050 target, almost every car and van will need to be zero emission by 2050. The Government has announced an end to the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040”.
WHY CALCULATE AND REPORT EMISSIONS – DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
“Transport currently makes up 24% of all United Kingdom’s domestic carbon emissions. The government is committed to reducing emissions from transport as part of the UK’s carbon reduction strategy.
Work-related travel can be a significant source of emissions and costs for many organisations but an organisation can only manage what it measures. A carbon footprint can unlock valuable management information on travel patterns and traveller behaviour, which can then be used to inform travel policies and procurement.
Stakeholders and customers are also increasingly expecting organisations, both large and small, to include emissions from work-related travel in their carbon footprints. An organisation that takes a holistic approach to carbon management and reporting can boost its corporate social responsibility credentials by including travel emissions in its carbon footprint.
There are also additional benefits as organisations that understand their use of travel can adopt travel policies that save money, optimise operational performance and improve employee health and wellbeing.”