A limit intended to cut Britain’s emissions by 50% from 1990 levels has been proposed by Westminster’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne.
The proposal, following advice from independent advisory body the Committee on Climate Change sets out a limit on the total amount of greenhouse gases that are to be emitted by the UK between 2023 to 2027.
This carbon budget will set the UK on course for an ambitious 80% cut in emissions by 2050.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change said in its press release that this will “place the British economy at the leading edge of a new global industrial transformation, and ensure low carbon energy security and decarbonisation is achieved at least cost to the consumer.”
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“When the coalition came together last year, we said we wanted this to be the greenest government ever. This is the right approach for Britain if we are to combat climate change, secure our energy supplies for the long-term and seize the economic opportunities that green industries hold.
“In the past twelve months, we have pursued an ambitious green agenda and today, we are announcing the next, historic step. By making this commitment, we will position the UK a leading player in the global low-carbon economy, creating significant new industries and jobs.
“The transition to a low-carbon economy is necessary, real, and global. By stepping up, showing leadership and competing with the world, the UK can prove that there need not be a tension between green and growth.”
The Carbon Budget covers emissions for all the UK and ,as required by the Climate Change Act, the UK Government asked the Devolved Administrations for their views on setting the level of the Fourth Carbon Budget.