Government to set out plans for carbon cutting

Precisely how Britain will cut carbon emissions by at least 80% before 2050 is due to be outlined today (15 July).

The unveiling of the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan white paper will show how the Government is attempting to meet the legally-binding 'carbon budgets', requiring a reduction in emissions of 34% by 2020 and at least 80% by 2050.

The UK is also the first country in the world to commit itself to the 80% target by 2050.

Proposals will be jointly announced by business secretary Peter Mandelson, energy and climate change secretary, Ed Miliband and transport minister Sadiq Khan.

Mr Miliband has described the document as 'route map' to set out the country's environmental path.

The exact details of the announcements are still under wraps, but the Government has repeatedly promoted wind power in recent weeks and this is expected to form the basis for the reductions.

Ministers are also expected to announce measures to tackle emissions in the power industry, transport, homes, workplaces and agriculture.

Luke Walsh


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