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Huhne confirms “ambitious but achievable” carbon budget

Posted on the 18 May, 2011 at 10:41 pm Written by in Blog, Government, Incentives, Standards, Technology

UK sets legally binding targets to halve emissions by 2025 in path towards 80 per cent cuts by middle of the century.

Following on from figures recommended by the Committee on Climate Change, the energy secretary proposes 50% emissions reduction target (above 1990 levels) for the 2023 – 2027 period, which will place the UK on course to deliver the 2050 target of 80%.
Announcing the “next, historic step” in the Coalition’s green agenda, Chris Huhne said “there need not be a tension between green and growth.”
Included in the proposal is a clause which sees the UK review its performance against other EU Member States in 2014, which could provide a way for Government to change its position. See the DECC press release.
According to BusinessGreen, the move proved controversial within the Cabinet, with concerns about how legally binding targets beyond 2020 may damage the UK economy.