12 Oct 2009 09:10:02
CCC calls for step change on carbon targets
The government must increase the pace when it comes to the reduction of carbon emissions if it is to meet targets.
According to the first progress report of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), emissions fell on average 0.5 percent a year between 2003 and 2007.
Annual reductions would need to increase to between two and three percent, however, to ensure the country can meet carbon budgets, prompting the committee to call for a "step change" in the rate of reduction.
Lord Adair Turner, chair of the CCC, said the government needs to establish a framework for delivery of its Low Carbon Transition Plan as the committee outlined its suggestions.
"What we have proposed is achievable and affordable but action needs to be taken now if we are to make our contribution to combating climate change," he added.
The CCC's report said that the recession could have caused a reduction in emissions of 40 to 70 million tonnes over the period but warned that three key areas must still be targeted to achieve real progress.
Electricity should be a priority, according to the committee, with emissions cuts brought about by new carbon capture and storage plants and increased investment in other low-carbon technologies.
The report also suggested an "ambitious program" of insulating residential property in order to make it 35 percent more energy efficient by 2020, as well as improved fuel efficiency and support for 'greener' vehicle sales in the automotive sector.http://www.theccc.org.uk/reports/progress-reports