UK firms fail to meet environmental standards

Published: Saturday 31 March 2007

Only 16 of the uk's top 100 firms met government guidelines on reporting greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions, says a Christian Aid report. It says emissions of 200 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, more than the annual emissions of Pakistan and Greece, vanished from annual reports of ftse 100 firms.

"The figures that companies currently declare are such a mess that it is impossible to calculate their emissions," said Andrew Pendleton, author of the report. Christian Aid says the uk isn't meeting anything close to its full obligations. Indirect emissions from the uk's five largest firms--bp, Shell, bhp Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata--accounts for over 9 per cent of global emissions.Christian Aid says basic direct emissions from ftse 100 firms would be 67 per cent higher than published figures.

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