Government amends fourth carbon budget advice

The government has adopted an ambitious 50% greenhouse gas reduction target relative to 1990 for the fourth carbon budget to 2027. But it will not raise targets for the non-traded sectors in the second and third budgets and a 2014 review could undermine incentives to invest in the green economy

Energy and climate secretary Chris Huhne has accepted advice from the Committee on Climate Change  that the UK should aim for a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions relative to 1990 by the mid-2020s (ENDS Report, December 2010)?. This would be during the fourth five year carbon budget to 2027.

But the energy and climate department (DECC) has rejected its recommendations that carbon budgets for the non-traded sectors be tightened in the second and third carbon budgets. It says tightening will not now happen, unless the EU moves to a higher 30% economy-wide greenhouse gas reduction target for 2020.

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