04 Jul 2011 12:07:05
Progress in meeting CO2 targets 'must be accelerated'
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has criticised the lack of progress being made in slashing emissions, saying efforts to cut CO2
must be increased.
Figures released in the committee's latest report show a three percent increase in emissions during 2010, which are not compliant with the three percent cut needed to hit the first four carbon budgets.
Although this rise is largely attributed to the cold weather, without the harsh conditions emissions would have been broadly flat, which still falls below the reduction needed.
Criticism was also previously levelled by the committee against the government's fourth carbon budget, which it claimed was not bold enough to influence the international community.
The CCC said to ensure progress is made, the government should commit to ambitious Green Deal targets for all cavity walls and lofts to be insulated by 2015 and for two million solid walls to be insulated by 2020.
It also said long-term contracts should be a key feature of the new electricity market arrangements it wants to see featured in the government's forthcoming White Paper.
However, good performance was said to have been seen in cutting new car CO2
emissions and the replacement of inefficient boilers.