Carbon Plan published by government
Environmental update 05/12/2011
The Carbon Plan – which details the progress made by the UK in
slashing carbon emissions and tracks future plans – has been
published by the government.
Chris Huhne, energy and climate change secretary, said that the
country's economy is well on track to meet the targets for cutting
carbon emissions, which state that emissions must be slashed by at
least 80 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050.
The Carbon Plan confirms that emissions have already been
lowered by more than a quarter on 1990 levels and that the UK
economy will exceed the 34 per cent target set under the Climate
Change Act for the first 15 years.
The Plan also contains a revised online 2050 calculator which
will enable users to consider the cost of hitting the targets.
Users can compare the cost of their future energy needs and what
they would save by switching to lower carbon policies.
Huhne said, “To the negotiators in Durban working this week and
next to make progress on a global agreement on climate change, the
Carbon Plan shows the UK is walking the walk, demonstrating that it
can be done and living up to our promise to show climate
“To the public and businesses at home, rightly worried about the
cost of living and state of the economy, the Carbon Plan shows that
the gradual rebalancing of our economy away from carbon is
achievable and, in the long run, highly desirable,” added Mr
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