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02 Dec 2008 05:12:47

Carbon budgets set in Building Low Carbon Economy report

Carbon budgets set in Building Low Carbon Economy report
A report that states the steps necessary to meet the 80 per cent carbon emissions reduction in relation to 1990 levels target was published earlier this week.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which lobbied for the government to set the ambitious target, published its Building a Low Carbon Economy report yesterday (December 1st) and claimed the country had to cut emissions by 34 per cent relative to 1990 levels by 2020 to combat climate change.

In its first report the CCC set its proposed levels for the first three of the five-yearly carbon budgets in 2008-12, 2013-17 and 2018-22 and said that once a global deal is reached the UK should aim to cut emissions by 42 per cent.

The cuts will be achieved by using cleaner forms of electricity and heat, including renewables, nuclear and coal plants fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS).

It also called for more efficient use of energy in buildings and industry as well as the reduction of transport emissions through the development of better technology, journey planning and improved public transport.

The CCC said that purchasing offset credits could be used to effectively reduce the UK's carbon emissions and that they could be used to meet the 42 per cent goal but should not count towards the 34 per cent target.

Chaired by Lord Turner, the CCC's carbon budgets were designed as part of the Climate Change Act which recently received Royal Assent.

Although the cross-party CCC is independent, Ed Miliband, secretary of state for energy and climate change, said carbon budgets would be a part of policy like financial budgets.

He committed the government to considering the CCC's proposals and said: "Plotting a course to a low carbon future here in the UK is vital if we are to reach our domestic goals and reach an international agreement. Carbon budgets will set our trajectory and send out a clear message that we will tackle climate change here in the UK."



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