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The Alcohol we drink and its contribution to the UK's Greenhouse Gas emissions: A discussion paper

 This paper looks at the alcohol consumed in the UK. It considers whether we can quantify in ‘good enough’ terms the contribution that alcohol consumption makes to the UK’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The focus is on the main three categories of alcoholic drink; beer, wine and spirits. Each of these is explored in turn to see what we know about their life cycle impacts and whether there are particular life stages where the GHG impacts are particularly intensive. It also considers whether we might be able to generalise as to whether one particular beverage is more GHG intensive, per alcoholic unit consumed, than another.

Following this analysis, the options for emissions reduction are briefly considered.