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A new report from the Climate Change Committee argues that the UK Government is missing the objective to achieve a legally binding target, especially after the decision to abolish a subsidized home insulation program and replacing it with the Green Deal commercial loan scheme.

According to the report, under the current rate of progress, the UK will only cut its carbon emissions by 21- 23 per cent between 2013 and 2025, leaving it far from the 31 per cent drop required over the period.

The committee warns that the Government has failed to establish an adequate renewable energy target after 2020. Additionally, the removal last year of heavily subsidized and free cavity wall and loft insulation, which helps households save energy, has played a significant role to undermine the objective.

The report strongly suggests that the Government needs to undertake concrete measures to meet its legally binding target of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

In this context, the committee has stressed the urgency to take action to reduce UK carbon emissions. In line with this, an efficient environmental policy will avoid greater costs in the future, the report says.

Furthermore, the report has criticized the lack of a renewable energy target beyond 2020. The Government should establish a stricter set a goal to make the UK’s electricity supply almost entirely green by 2030.

In this way, investors in wind, solar and other renewable projects will have the confidence they need to support new power plants.


The gLAWcal Team

EPSEI project

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

(Source: The Independent)