The Government needs to ‘urgently’ drive major change in order to meet future carbon targets, according to the Committee on Climate Change.
In its new report, the Committee said despite greenhouse gas emissions falling by 7% last year, only 0.8% of it was directly linked to carbon cutting measures.
David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee said: “Much of last year’s fall in emissions was due to a combination of mild weather, rising fuel prices, falling incomes and transitory factors in power generation. But as the economy recovers it will be difficult to keep the country on track to meet carbon budgets.”
The report suggests a clearer carbon objective is needed for the electricity market reform. It also states there has been a lack of investment in renewable energy and low carbon technologies.