Magazine article Geographical

How Well Is the UK Doing on Cutting C[O.Sub.2] Emissions?

Magazine article Geographical

How Well Is the UK Doing on Cutting C[O.Sub.2] Emissions?

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ANSWER: When it came to power in 1997, the Labour government set a target of reducing C[O.sub.2] emissions by more than 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2010. However, by the end of last year, it had become clear that this self imposed target--which was higher than that agreed at the 1997 Kyoto Summit on climate change- wasn't going to be met. The UK's Kyoto target is a more conservative 12.5 per cent reduction and, with C[O.sub.2] emissions currently down by 14 per cent on 1990 levels, it looks achievable.

That's just as well for the EU, as without a few such overachievers, the region as a whole will fail to meet its Kyoto commitments. While the UK's 1997 plan turned out to be too ambitious, it isn't doing badly compared with some of its neighbours, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). The EEA's most recent projections suggest that the region will only achieve its agreed cut of eight per cent by taking carbon trading into account. …

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