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British companies to report CO2 emissions in annual reports

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While not perfect, it's still a good start.

The U.K. will make publicly listed companies report their greenhouse-gas output, the first country to do so as it calls on big business to clean up its act.

All companies listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange will have to include emissions data in their annual reports starting in April, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said today in a website statement.

Large public- and private-sector organizations account for about 10 percent of Britain’s emissions. Tackling the pollutants pumped out by factories, utilities and other big companies may help the U.K. meet a European Union target to cut carbon output to 50 percent of 1990 levels by 2025, a goal that’s also driven the growth of renewables from wind and biomass to solar power.

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