The UK won’t reach tight targets set in the carbon budgets, it has been predicted. Independent forecasting company Cambridge Econometrics used a computerised modeling system to make the predictions.
Earlier this year, the government set itself the target of a 50% cut in emissions from 1990 levels for the fourth carbon budget, the period between 2023-2027.
The report claims that the Coalition faces a hard task, given that the Labour government’s domestic goal to cut emissions by 20% by 2010 “has been decisively missed” because of the increase in emissions last year.
Britain’s targets in the first two budget periods (2008-12 and 2013-17) will be “narrowly” missed, suggests the forecast, while targets up to 2027 will be missed by a wider margin.
DECC denied that the UK has missed its targets. A spokesman said: “We are already on track to meet our first three carbon budgets and we will be publishing a report this autumn setting out how the UK could deliver the emissions reductions needed to meet the fourth carbon budget.”