The Climate Change Bill white paper will be published later today, and aims to make all UK housing carbon neutral by 2016.
According to Environment Secretary David Miliband, housing is responsible for 25% of the UK's CO2 emissions. The White Paper will for the first time set legally binding carbon emission budgets, to eventually reduce CO2 emissions by 60% by 2050.Budgets will be set every five years, but the government is already coming under significant pressure from the green lobby, the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives to set the budgets annually.The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had already unveiled policies that would go further. The conservatives want to hit air travel, and impose VAT on aviation fuel. Miliband says that aviation only represents 5% of CO2 emissions, so will be tackled later.The bill will also include the formation of a Committee on Climate Change, to advise the government and report on the government's progress. Miliband said: 'With climate change we can't just close our eyes and cross our fingers. We need to step up our action to tackle it, building on our considerable progress so far. And time isn't on our side,' he said.