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Government publishes low carbon transition plan

Published in July 2009 The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan plots out how the UK will meet the cut in emissions set out in the budget of 34% on 1990 levels by 2020 (NB: 34% was the "interim" target recommended by the Committee on Climate Change until a global deal on climate change is reached, at which point the "intended" target should be a 42% cut).
Published in July 2009 The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan plots out how the UK will meet the cut in emissions set out in the budget of 34% on 1990 levels by 2020 (NB: 34% was the "interim" target recommended by the Committee on Climate Change until a global deal on climate change is reached, at which point the "intended" target should be a 42% cut). A 21% reduction has already been delivered. The Plan's main points are: By 2020:
  • More than 1.2 million people will be in green jobs
  • 7 million homes will have benefited from whole house makeovers, and more than 1.5 million households will be supported to produce their own clean energy
  • Around 40% of electricity will be from low carbon sources, from renewables, nuclear and clean coal
  • We will be importing half the amount of gas that we otherwise would
  • The average new car will emit 40% less carbon than now.
The Plan has a chapter devoted to agriculture which says government will:
  • Encourage English farmers to take action themselves to reduce emissions to at least 6% lower than currently predicted by 2020, through more efficient use of fertiliser, and better management of livestock and manure.
  • Review voluntary progress in 2012, to decide whether further Government intervention is necessary. The Government will publish options for such intervention in Spring 2010.
  • Ensure comprehensive advice programmes are available to support farmers in achieving this aim, to reduce their emissions from energy use, and to save money in the process.
  • Research better ways of measuring, reporting and verifying agricultural emissions.
  • Encourage private funding for woodland creation to increase forest carbon uptake.
  • Provide support for anaerobic digestion, a technology that turns waste and manure into renewable energy.
  • Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, and better capture of landfill emissions.

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