UK drifts further away from meeting carbon budgets

Government policies intended to drive the UK away from fossil fuel dependence will have less of an impact on greenhouse gas emissions than had been thought, DEFRA has admitted. More effort will be needed to hit future carbon budgets, which the country is already some way off meeting.

The UK’s latest energy and emissions projections were published yesterday by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). They demonstrate that the fifth carbon budget, covering 2028-32, could be overshot by hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2.

The revised projections cover emissions within the EU emissions trading system (ETS) and untraded emissions outside it, such as from household gas consumption and petrol use.

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