UK Government confirms 5th carbon budget
The UK Government confirmed the 5th carbon budget yesterday (June 30) – the legally binding maximum amount of carbon the UK can emit between 2028 and 2032.
What does this actually mean for you?
Well, in November 2015, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) advised Government to set the fifth carbon budget to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 by 57% relative to 1990 levels. The Government has accepted that advice.
This is UK law unaffected by the EU, and keeps the UK on track to meet 2050 decarbonisation targets. We suspect that most candidates for Prime Minister (Conservative or Labour), will be keen to show that they would not allow Britain to become the ‘dirty man of Europe’ again.
So, for those of us who spend our lives pushing out the energy saving message to industry, commerce and the built environment – it’s proof that there’s still a reason for us all to ‘keep pushing’ despite the uncertainty of life in a post Brexit Britain.
Good news indeed that low carbon commitments remain a Government priority.