The costs and benefits of mandatory GHG reporting

An independent analysis of the Defra Impact Assessment

The UK Government has recently published a consultation on options for mandatory greenhouse gas reporting for companies. The corresponding impact assessment (IA) analyses the costs and benefits for the four options that are set out in the consultation, including option 3 which would seek to introduce mandatory carbon reporting for all large UK companies.

The IA estimates that the total cost (over a ten-year timeframe) could be as much as £6,025m and the total benefits are a maximum of £1,355m.

The Aldersgate Group, WWF, The Co-operative Group and Christian Aid commissioned adelphi to undertake an independent analysis of the IA.