17 May '11, 3pm

The UK becomes the first nation to adopt legally binding emission reductions beyond 2020. It can be done!

A limit on the total amount of greenhouse gases to be emitted by the UK between 2023 to 2027 has been proposed to cut Britain’s emissions by 50% from 1990 levels and highlighting the Government’s commitment to being the greenest government ever. Today's proposal, set out by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, is in line with advice from the independent Committee on Climate Change. It sets a fourth carbon budget of 1950 MtCO2e for the period that will span from 2023 to 2027, putting the UK on course to cut emissions by at least 80% by 2050. The carbon budget will place the British economy at the leading edge of a new global industrial transformation, and ensure low carbon energy security and decarbonisation is achieved at least cost to the consumer. The package announced today also includes measures to minimise costs of the low-carbon transition to industries e...

Full article: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn11_41/pn11_4...

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