Current UK environmental policies inadequate in enforcing tough targets

The UK has set new tough environmental targets but has yet to follow up on the same due to inadequate carbon reduction policies, which fall far short of the expected threshold. This is according to the Government’s official advisor on climate change.

1st July 2016

Current UK environmental policies inadequate in enforcing tough targets

The UK has set new tough environmental targets but has yet to follow up on the same due to inadequate carbon reduction policies, which fall far short of the expected threshold. This is according to the Government’s official advisor on climate change.

The new targets set by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which are aimed at cutting carbon emissions by 57% from 1990 levels between 2028 and 2032, have been received positively by ministers. 

However, the CCC warned that the current law is vastly inadequate in supporting the new targets. According to the CCC, the current policies can only manage to support about half of the reductions needed to meet the projected numbers.

The CCC says that only the electricity sector has seen significant progress in cutting emissions. This is in total contrast to the other sectors, in which progress has literally “stalled.” In these sectors, the rate of home insulation has reduced by 60% to 90%, and there is a decrease in the use of low-carbon heating. The transport and agriculture sectors have also experienced rising emissions, as revealed by the CCC.

The Government has acknowledged the shortfall in policy and promised to come up with new strategies later in the year.

A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman reiterated the Government’s commitment to addressing climate change, saying that it is crucial to Great Britain’s long-term prosperity.

“We have already made great strides towards our target of an 80pc reduction by 2050, but there remains work to do. We are investing in innovation to secure cheap and clean energy that our families and businesses can rely on in the long-term,” said the spokesman, who also acknowledged CCC’s efforts in providing in-depth analysis as it pertains to the Government's performance regarding climate change targets.

The CCC has also noted that, in the wake of Brexit, the direction taken by the UK in creating climate change policies may shift. The CCC has promised to further review the impact of Brexit.

Published by Green Jobs Online - 1st July 2016

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