Carbon Emissions

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 10th December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Barker of Battle Lord Barker of Battle Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Climate Change Act 2008 on efforts to decarbonise the UK economy.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Since our world leading Climate Change Act became law in 2008, we have cut emissions by 29%, while growing the economy by 12%.

Under the Act, we have legislated for five carbon budgets which are amongst the most stringent targets in the world. We have met the first carbon budget, and are on track to meet the second and third. The Clean Growth Strategy, published in 2017, will help us meet our stretching future targets and build on the UK’s success in cutting emissions while creating wealth.

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