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'Step-change needed' to meet emission targets.

Summary: The UK will fail to meet legally binding targets to cut emissions over the next decade without a step-change, it has been warned.

The UK will fail to meet legally binding targets to cut emissions over the next decade without a step-change in making electricity, homes, transport and agriculture greener, it has been warned.

The recession has created the "illusion" that the UK is tackling climate change, but substantial declines in emissions are almost entirely the result of lower economic activity in the last year, the Committee on Climate Change's chairman Lord Turner said.

While greenhouse gases fell by 8.6 per cent last year, only a fraction of that was the result of measures to tackle climate change such as renewable energy or making homes more energy efficient.

The latest progress report from the Government's advisory committee reiterated the call it made last year for a step-change in the pace of efforts to drive down emissions to meet legally binding budgets to cut greenhouse gases.

The committee's chief executive David Kennedy called on the new Government to make decisions in the coming year which would put the UK on track to meet its legally binding target of 34 per cent reductions of emissions on 1990 levels by 2020.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said the UK must not rely on economic recession to cut emissions.

"This Government will be the greenest ever. We will overhaul the energy efficiency of homes through our Green Deal, we are working to create a Green Investment Bank to help low carbon investment, and we have committed central government itself to cut emissions by ten per cent within a year."

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Date:Jul 1, 2010
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