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Carbon Emissions

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 15th March 2016.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will assess the progress all Government Departments are making on meeting the Government's carbon reduction targets and what steps the Government is taking to meet the target set in (a) the fourth carbon budget period 2023 to 2027 and (b) the fifth carbon budget period 2028 to 2032.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Each year the Government sets out its progress to meeting carbon reduction targets in response to the annual progress report from the Committee on Climate Change. The latest response was published in October 2015:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/committee-on-climate-changes-2015-progress-report-government-response.

The Government has made good progress to date and is on track to meet the second and third carbon budgets. Indeed, UK has reduced emissions by around 30% since 1990 and last year we cut emissions by 8% against a backdrop of a growing economy.

Options to meet the fourth carbon budget will be developed in this Parliament. We will say more on our approach to reducing emissions in the 2020s after we set the fifth carbon budget in June, in accordance with the Climate Change Act.

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