British MPs rebuke government over ETS reporting

Be more open about complexities of emissions trading or risk undermining it, parliamentary committee warns

A British parliamentary committee has criticised the government for issuing misleading statements about the impact of the EU's carbon emission trading scheme (ETS) on UK greenhouse gas emissions. In a report published on Monday the environmental audit committee said the government should be "more open about the uncertainties and complexities of emissions trading".

The report cites several examples to back up its demands. In one, a graph in the government's 2007 budget report appeared to show a reduction of 27m tonnes in CO2 emissions for 2005. The reduction was claimed on the basis that UK installations had bought a net total of 27m ETS allowances that year.

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