Government not meeting emission reductions

Government is not doing enough to tackle climate change, according to a new report by the Sustainable Development Commission.

The commission does welcome progress the UK has made so far, but says Government departments are still not on course to meet even their own targets for reducing carbon emissions by 12.5%.

And, far more remains to be done if they are to make a real contribution towards meeting UK-wide targets for 80% emissions reductions by 2050.

The commission also called on government to set 'more ambitious' targets for improving sustainability so it would 'lead by example.'

Rebecca Willis, vice chair of the commission, said: "The Government is still not on track to meet crucial targets, including reducing carbon emissions from offices.

"Worryingly, the current targets themselves don't match the scale of the challenge we face, particularly on climate change.

"As the Government begins to consider future targets, we would urge them to bring these into line with priorities in the real world."

Luke Walsh


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