29 Oct 2009 12:10:06
Government urged to exceed carbon budget
The government needs to ignore the impact of the recession and aim to exceed the amount of money invested in reducing the UK's carbon footprint, an independent group has claimed.
Lord Turner, chairman of the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC), made the comments during a speech to the Environmental Audit Committee, Businessgreen.com reported.
He said that the global economic downturn should mean that the amount of carbon produced by the UK during the past two years will be lower than anticipated, meaning meeting low carbon targets should be easier.
However, the government needs to continue investing in the sector otherwise its development of low carbon technologies will lag behind other nations which means the UK may find it harder to hit future targets, Lord Turner explained.
The government is looking to reduce emissions from their 1990 levels by 34 per cent by 2020.
A previous report from the CCC said the government needs to work on decarbonising the generation of electricity and improving energy efficiency in homes if it is to meet its carbon budget targets. http://www.theccc.org.uk/news/press-releases/477-uk-needs...