A carbon budget places a restriction on the total amount of greenhouse gases the UK can emit over a five-year period. The UK is the first country to set legally binding carbon budgets.
Today, the UK Government agreed with its independent Committee on Climate Change and proposes that the fifth budgetary period covering 2028 to 2032 should be set at 1.725m metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). In 2015, the UK emitted 497 MtCO2e. The decarbonisation target is set at 57% emissions reduction by 2030 (on 1990 levels). The EU decarbonisation target is 40% reduction by 2030 (on 1990 levels).
The 2008 Climate Change Act commits the UK to decarbonise by 80% by 2050. The carbon budgets and targets are designed to ensure the UK meets this commitment.
Orders and associated documents will be published shortly. When they are, this Blog will be updated to carry the links.
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