Government backs new carbon target

Carbon Target

The Government has announced that it has agreed to set a new legally binding target to cut emissions 57 per cent against 1990 levels by 2032.

The Climate Change Act 2008 introduced a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% below the 1990 baseline by 2050, with an interim target to reduce emissions by at least 34% by 2020. The Act also introduced “carbon budgets”, which set the trajectory to ensure the targets in the Act are met. These budgets represent legally-binding limits on the total amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted in the UK for a given five year period.

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