Labour has warned that the government is “seriously off track” to meet its own climate targets and has called on Boris Johnson to make sure his ten-point, low-carbon plan “meets the scale of the challenge”.
Responding to data published by the government at the end of last month and ahead of an expected announcement from the Prime Minister on a climate plan, Ed Miliband stressed the need for more than a “piecemeal set of points”.
The Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary said: “It’s good the government is waking up to the fact climate change is one of the most important defining issues we will face in the years ahead.
“But the figures are stark – the UK is seriously behind the government’s own climate targets. Worryingly these are older, less ambitious targets and ministers haven’t managed to even meet them.”
The figures include projections towards the carbon budget targets for greenhouse gas emissions. The 2008 Climate Change Act set a target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 against a 1990 baseline. The Tories last year committed to net zero by 2050.