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01 Jul 2010 05:07:15

CO2 emissions dropped in 2009

CO2 emissions dropped in 2009
Carbon emission levels dropped in 2009 as the UK suffered from the effects of the economic downturn.

A study by the Committee on Climate Change highlighted that greenhouse gas emissions in Britain dropped by 8.6 percent last year. However, commentators have suggested that as the economy, and industrial production, return to growth CO2 emissions will rise again.

"The recession has created the illusion that progress is being made to reduce emissions," said committee chairman Adair Turner.

"Although emissions have declined substantially, our analysis shows that this is almost wholly due to a reduction in economic activity and not from new measures being introduced to tackle climate change."

The committee said that a range of new policies, including boosting the number of electric cars on the UK's roads and reforming the energy market, are needed if the nation is to meet its legally-binding carbon cutting commitments.

It is currently hoped that carbon emissions will be cut by 34 percent compared by 1990 levels by 2020, however, this could rise to 42 percent if new tougher targets are agreed with the rest of the European Union.

The Committee on Climate Change is an independent body which was established to advise the government on setting carbon budgets.ADNFCR-1235-ID-19869771-ADNFCR

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