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Energy UK responds to the Government’s decision to carry over overachievement in the second Carbon Budget to the third Carbon Budget

Responding to the Government’s decision – announced today – that it will be carrying over some of its overachievement in the second Carbon Budget to the third Carbon Budget, Energy UK’s chief executive, Lawrence Slade said:

 “It’s concerning if the Government is choosing to ignore the clear advice from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on this issue.

“The UK’s world-leading role in reducing carbon emissions to levels last seen in the 1890s owes much to following the CCC’s advice and targets - as well as the power sector’s transformation to a point where half our electricity generation comes from low carbon sources.

“Despite this achievement, we have much much further to go especially if we are to have any chance of hitting net-zero by 2050, which we believe it both possible and essential to do.

“Even if the carry forward is in anticipation of a baseline adjustment, rather than use past overachievements to make meeting future targets less demanding, we must still be more ambitious and more innovative - for example, by funding a national energy efficiency programme and doing more to decarbonise the heat and transport sectors, as we have recommended in our recent Future of Energy report.”

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