15 Jul 2009 05:07:06
UK Low Carbon Transition Plan unveiled
A new white paper has been published by the UK government outlining its plans for the move toward a low-carbon economy.
The Low Carbon Transition Plan provides a first significant insight into how prime minister Gordon Brown and his government intend to meet the challenging targets set out in the Climate Change Act 2008.
Its proposals will have a noticeable effect on a number of industries and sectors as the UK attempts to reduce its carbon emissions by 34 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2020 and by 80 percent before 2050.
Announced by energy secretary Ed Miliband, the transition plan proposes that half of required cuts in emissions to 2020 will come from industrial power generation, with 15 percent coming from improved domestic energy efficiency and ten percent from changes in the workplace.
On top of that, the transport and aviation sectors will be expected to contribute 20 percent of the overall reduction, while food and agriculture will account for five percent of the fall.
The route map is also expected to create 1.2 million new green jobs and will see 1.5 million households receiving more support to produce their own renewable energy.
It calls for 40 percent of the UK's electricity to be derived from low-carbon sources including nuclear and clean coal by 2020, while gas imports are set to halve over the same period.
"The transition plan is the most systematic response to climate change of any major developed economy, and sets the standard for others in the run up to crucial global climate talks in Copenhagen in December," the government said.
It is estimated that the entire package of policies will save about 700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and will place the UK in a situation to meet the first three of its carbon budgets - it will cost between £25 billion and £29 billion to deliver.http://tinyurl.com/lfrkly