Energy efficiency, air quality lose out in "green" Budget

The Budget has delivered further blows to the UK's climate change strategy, with severe cuts in funding for two energy efficiency programmes. Hopes of air quality improvements were also dashed when the Chancellor prolonged the life of leaded petrol, failed to introduce a duty differential on diesel, did little to promote gas-fired vehicles, and raised fuel duty generally by barely enough to offset recent price cuts and inflation. A rare positive point was the budget allocation for the Environment Agency, while major cuts in the roads programme were welcomed by environmentalists.

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