Well, they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So, when Ed Miliband (Energy and Climate Change Secretary) announced yesterday his “UK Low Carbon Transition Plan”, I am sure it was a very great compliment.
The plan sets out how the UK is going to meet its targets of a 34% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared with 1990 levels) by 2020.
Apparently a 21% reduction has already been achieved — equivalent to cutting emissions entirely from four cities the size of London.
You can watch the announcement here:
According to the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s website, “transforming the country into a cleaner, greener and more prosperous place to live is at the heart of [the Government’s] economic plans for Building Britain’s Future and ensuring the UK is ready to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.”
* 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.
Apparently this Transition Plan is “the most systematic response to climate change of any major developed economy, and sets the standard for others in the run up to crucial global climate talks in Copenhagen in December.”
Sounds good to me.
But I do wish they had gone further. As Peter Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association said, “The plan to cut farming emissions by a tiny 6% by 2020 means the farming industry risks having to make massive cuts of over 70% between 2020 and 2050.”
The BBC summary of the plan is here.
The Daily Telegraph talks about the impact on households here.
And the Guardian lays out here how emissions will be cut, sector by sector.