Farewell to 20% by 2010

In a lonely corner of the committee’s sprawling report, the government’s long-established target for cutting UK CO2 emissions by 20% by 2010 compared with 1990 levels is quietly killed off.

The target had featured in three successive Labour election manifestos and is still extant, but chances of hitting it were lost years ago, once CO2 emissions stopped falling around 1997. Under the Climate Change Act, the committee was tasked with commenting on the consistency of its recommended 2008-2012 carbon budget with the ‘20% by 2010’ target.

"Our budget… has 2010 emissions at 14% below 1990," it says. "The government c

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