Energy secretary Chris Huhne was this week expected to reiterate the government’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions by confirming targets up to 2027.
Huhne was expected to announce that the government has accepted the recommendations of its independent advisor, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
There had been rumours that the government would accept a watered down proposal favoured by the Treasury and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which would impose fewer costs on businesses.
But Huhne is expected to implement the CCC’s recommendations, with “get out clauses” if the UK deviates from the European Union targets.
The committee’s guidance covers the fourth Carbon Budget which will run from 2023 to 2027.
It is recommending that carbon emissions are limited to 1,950M.t of carbon dioxide over the period 2023 to 2027.