DECC Commit To Fifth Carbon Budget
By Paul Homewood
Amidst all of the other political upheavals currently taking place, DECC have sneaked out the news that “the Government has agreed with the Committee on Climate Change and proposes that the fifth budgetary period covering 2028 to 2032 should be set at 1,725 MtCO2e.”
This represents a cut of 57% from 1990 levels, and compares with a cut of 52% for the Fourth Carbon Budget, 2023-27.
It should also be noted that the 2030 target for the EU as a whole is a much smaller cut of 40%.
As DECC brag, the UK is the first country to set legally binding carbon budgets. Which rather says it all. It is now eight years since the Climate Change Act was passed, and no other country has been daft enough to follow suit.
Does not that tell you something?
It seems that any hope that Brexit might introduce a dose of reality into the UK’s climate policies are no more than wishful thinking.