UK climate plan unclear, says European commission

(The Guardian, 18 Jun 2019) Report says plan lacks key details about how UK will cut emissions over next 12 years.

A British government climate action plan is “unclear” and lacks key details about how the UK will reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 12 years, the European commission has said.

In a report on UK climate policy, the commission said British targets exceeded EU requirements, but warned that key details were missing from the plan, such as boosting renewable energy and cutting subsidies for fossil fuels.

The commission said the UK “would likely” achieve a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37% by 2030 (compared with 2005) for non-industrial parts of the economy.

It said further clarity was needed if the UK was to meet a more demanding emissions-reduction target, namely the British contribution to an EU-wide target of cutting emissions by 40% by 2030 against 1990 levels. “It is unclear if existing and planned policy, which are only set out for the transport and buildings sectors, are sufficient to achieve the [emissions reduction] target.”

The commission also noted that the UK had not provided any information on its contribution to EU-wide plans to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2030.

Under EU law, all member states have pledged to meet three headline targets for 2030: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared with 1990 levels; getting 32% of energy from renewables and boosting energy efficiency by 32.5%.

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The Guardian, 18 Jun 2019: UK climate plan unclear, says European commission