Rio news sets up late winner for carbon campaign

After 5 years of campaigning the UK government has introduced mandatory carbon reporting for UK-listed businesses.

The news was confirmed in the Guardian under the headline ‘New emissions policy will force biggest UK firms to reveal CO2 figures.’
Christian Aid has been calling for mandatory reporting since we launched our climate change campaign in 2007.

Since then…

  • Christian Aid supporters have sent more than 60,000 actions to the UK government.
  • The 80-day Cut the Carbon March took our campaign message to the streets of Britain and Ireland.
  • We demanded and won from the UK government the world’s first Climate Change Act…
  • …while in Scotland we got even more ambitious emissions targets.
  • And Christian Aid supporters have been keeping up the pressure on the British government coalition to stick by its pledge to be the ‘greenest government ever’.

The world’s poorest are paying the highest price for climate change. They need rich countries to meet their responsibilities when it comes to their carbon emissions – and that must start with knowing for sure how much businesses are contributing.

In 2007, Christian Aid estimated that, with businesses listed on the London Stock Exchange included, the UK is responsible for 12-15% of global carbon emissions.

So what next?This is a timely boost for our campaigning at a crucial time.Colleagues and partners were strengthening a global movement for a sustainable future at the Rio+20 Earth Summit and the fight for climate justice will continue at the UN climate talks in Doha.