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Carbon Emissions

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department’s policies of an increase in EU carbon reduction targets. (265835)

[holding answer 23 March 2009]: The levels of the first three carbon budgets, covering 2008-12, 2013-17 and 2018-22, were approved by Parliament in May. These require a reduction in UK greenhouse gas emissions by over 22, 28 and 34 per cent. against 1990 levels respectively. The budgets have been set in line with the independent Committee on Climate Change’s advice and with our emissions reduction targets under the EU 2020 Climate and Energy package.

In the summer, the Government will present a Climate and Energy Strategy to Parliament, which will set out our proposals and policies to meet the carbon budgets, in the context of our overall programme for delivering secure low-carbon energy, transport and housing.

The EU has committed to a 20 per cent. greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2020, increasing to 30 per cent. by 2020 as part of a comprehensive global deal. The Government will amend the carbon budgets following such a global deal and once proposals on sharing out the new EU target are agreed.