Plotting a path through the carbon data maze

The Government will announce shortly how it intends to return the UK's emissions of carbon dioxide to 1990 levels by 2000. Yet even at this late stage there are still major uncertainties about how and what the individual elements of its programme will contribute to the necessary emission reductions.

Ten years ago on 31 October, Energy Secretary Peter Walker announced that he had been "staggered" by his Department's lack of progress in promoting energy efficiency. He promised a vigorous new "Save It" campaign - with the goal being a 20% reduction in the country's energy bill within ten years.

Failed campaigns
Barely half that target has been achieved. The "Save It" campaign and its successors proved less than vigorous. Real

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