Campaignersslate climate change failure

The government is failing to meet its own target for cutting carbon emissions, Friends of the Earth (FoE) complained this week.

As environment minister Margaret Beckett launched a consultation on the review of the UK climate change programme, FoE revealed that UK carbon dioxide emissions are only 7.5 per cent below 1990 levels. The target is to cut them by 20 per cent.

But Beckett insisted that the UK is likely to meet the more modest goal set by the Kyoto protocol to bring greenhouse gas emissions down to 12.5 per cent below 1990 levels.

Proposed changes to the climate change programme were announced by Beckett, transport minister Alistair Darling and trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt as Planning went to press. They include stricter energy efficiency targets and environmentally-friendly transport.

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