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Government expected to miss carbon budget targets

2011-06-02 11:03:36

New research from Cambridge Econometrics has shown that the UK will miss its 'carbon budget' targets if it continue sto rely on its current policies.

The research confirmed that the long-standing target to reduce carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2010 was missed. This was despite a major fall in emissions in 2008-2009 as a result of the recession.

The forecasters currently predict that emissions will fall by between 0.5 and 0.75 per cent each year between now and 2020, which will mean the government will just miss its first two five-year carbon budgets.

University College London's Professor Paul Ekins, who is a senior consultant with Cambridge Econometrics, said that rising emissions in 2010 should start alarms bells ringing in the ears of ministers who are hoping this will be the "greenest government yet." He explained, "The historical link between economic growth and increased emissions has clearly not yet been definitively broken, which must be deeply worrying for a government that is seeking both strong economic growth and ever deeper emissionr eductions."

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