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Christian Aid: Mandatory reporting delay a major disappointment

The Government's decision to defer a decision on introducing mandatory reporting of carbon emissions for UK companies was a 'major disappointment' Christian Aid said today.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs told Parliament that gathering evidence of the costs and benefits involved had taken longer than anticipated and the findings were still being analysed. Under the Climate Change Act, the Government had until next month to either introduce the measure, or explain why it had not done so.

Christian Aid's head of advocacy and influence Paul Brannen said today:

'We have spent five years campaigning for legislation that would force UK companies to reveal details of their greenhouse gas emissions.

'This Government has been in power nearly two years. That seems plenty of time to come to a decision. The delay is a major disappointment that many in the business community will share. They want clear rules that
everyone has to follow. While we appreciate the need to consult widely, the Government now needs to indicate a clear timetable for its decision process.

'The delay is all the more concerning in the run up to Rio+20. If the summit is to succeed, countries like the UK need to bring concrete examples of effective climate policy to the table. A strong legislative framework around emission reporting is a key piece of the jigsaw and this is an opportunity for the UK to show real leadership on this.

'The activities of UK businesses fund up to 15 per cent of the global carbon emissions which cause the rising temperatures already having a devastating impact on the lives of the poor in a number of developing countries.

'Mandatory reporting will reveal where corporate responsibility lies, giving firms a major incentive to clean up their acts. At present, companies that publish figures do so voluntarily in a way which is incomplete and unaudited. That is not good enough if the UK is to make a major contribution to tackling climate change.'

'Christian Aid and our supporters will continue to work constructively with the Secretary of State and her officials to ensure the UK remains on track with its climate commitments as set out in the UK's ambitious
Climate Change Act'.



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