UK could breach its first three carbon budgets

The UK risks breaching its first three carbon budgets, unless greater efforts are made on renewable energy, says Cambridge Econometrics

The government’s current energy and climate policies are insufficient to prevent the UK from breaching its first three binding carbon budgets to 2022, says economic forecasting group Cambridge Econometrics.

The group says the UK will narrowly miss its first two budgets set under the Climate Change Act 2008 for the 2008-12 and 2013-17 periods, and will miss the third budget for 2018-22 “by a wider margin”.1

Cambridge Econometrics says the UK can only meet its budgets, and the 34% cut in greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and 2020, if the government enacts more policies promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in sectors beyond those covered by the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS).

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