Following the latest EU Council, I asked the Prime Minister about how we can embed the ‘consumer principle’ in European policy about climate change.

The government have finally heeded Labour’s call that we are living under the threat of a climate change emergency. Yet the ambition to cut UK greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2050 will only really take place if we take into account the carbon impact of food and goods that we import (the consumer principle), as well as emissions┬áderived from our own manufacturing, transport and agricultural processes (the producer principle).

The Prime Minister confirmed that discussions about the ‘consumer principle’ in the context of climate change was discussed at the EU Council meeting.

I will continue to scrutinise the government’s commitment to accelerate the reduction in the UK’s production of greenhouse gases. But I am also glad that, thanks to the work of Labour whips and MPs, we are currently still in the EU and so still able to participate in these vital international discussions.

Our carbon emissions ambitions must reflect the reality of our consumption

Yesterday in Parliament, I asked the Prime Minister about how we can embed the 'consumer principle' in European policy about climate change.The government have finally heeded Labour's call that we are living under the threat of a climate change emergency. Yet the ambition to cut UK greenhouse gas emissions to 'net zero' by 2050 will only really take place if we take into account the carbon impact of food and goods that we import (the consumer principle), as well as emissions derived from our own manufacturing, transport and agricultural processes (the producer principle).The Prime Minister confirmed that discussions about the 'consumer principle' in the context of climate change was discussed at the EU Council meeting. I will continue to scrutinise the government's commitment to accelerate the reduction in the UK's production of greenhouse gases. But I am also glad that, thanks to the work of Labour whips and MPs, we are currently still in the EU and so still able to participate in these vital international discussions.

Posted by Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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