Bad news piles up on CO2 emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions in 2004 were just 4.2% below 1990 levels, according to provisional data released in late March.1 Emissions have increased in four of the last five years - a serious embarrassment to the Government which raises the stakes for its review of policies under the climate change programme.

The first piece of bad news came in late March with the publication of finalised emission figures for 2003.

A year ago, provisional data suggested that CO2 emissions in 2003 were 7.5% below 1990 levels - leaving the Government badly off course for its target to cut emissions by 20% by 2010 (ENDS Report 351, pp 11-12 

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