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08 Dec 2010 01:12:09

CCC: UK should cut emissions by 60% by 2030

CCC: UK should cut emissions by 60% by 2030
The UK should aim to cut carbon emissions by 46 percent on today's levels within the next two decades, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has recommended.

Releasing its fourth carbon budget report, for the years 2023 to 2027, the CCC called for a 60 percent cut in emissions on 1990 levels by 2030.

It also recommended the current 2020 carbon budget should be "tightened" from a 34 percent reduction on 1990 levels to a 37 percent cut.

This is higher than the European Union target, which calls for a 20 percent cut by 2020.

Lord Adair Turner, head of the CCC, claimed: "Any less ambition would not be compatible with the 2050 target in the Climate Change Act."

The committee named a number of factors it believes could lead to the emissions reductions required, including a "radical decarbonisation and reform of the electricity market".

In addition, it called for a more widespread use of electric vehicles, the transformation of the UK's built environment, and the use of more carbon-efficient practices on farms.

A combination of the use of carbon capture and storage technology, biomass and biogas heating and more energy efficient practices was said to be able to cut emissions from industry by half.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800279304-ADNFCR

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09 Dec 2010

Hold on a minute...electric vehicles? I'm sure Biofuels or the potential producing liquid fuels via the conversion of CO2 should be considered in the mix, or is this propaganda the government is looking for to increase taxes from cars powered with internal combustion engines? Forgive me for being cynical but shouldn't there be an open mind. Electric cars aren't a silver bullet and there's many technical hurdles to overcome. There needs to be a wider mixed approach, especially as there is an existing fleet of vehicles that will take a long time to phase out. Better making best use of them with low carbon or carbon neutral liquid fuels as well.

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