Britain unveils plan to halve emissions by 2027

The UK government has adopted a 50 per cent greenhouse gas reduction target relative to 1990 levels for its carbon budget for the period 2023–27. But it added this budget should be reviewed in 2014, a provision seen by some as a weakening.

Minister Chris Huhne took advice from the UK's Committee on Climate Change on targets for the mid-2020s but rejected its recommendation that emissions from Britain's non-traded sectors be tightened between 2013 and 2022. The ministry has also rejected advice that the carbon budget be met without use of international offsets. The budget will be met by domestic reductions "as far as practicable and affordable". But "we also intend to keep our carbon trading options open to maintain maximum flexibility, and minimise costs", it added.

Source: ENDS Europe Daily, 18 May 2011

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