The government has been called on to set an ambitious target for its upcoming carbon budget, which will be finalised next month.
The legally binding carbon budget for the period 2028 to 2032 will be set by the end of June. A survey from the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment shows its members support the recommendations of the government’s independent advisory group, the Committee on Climate Change.
The Committee has recommended a budget to limit annual emissions to an average 57% below 1990 levels. The IEMA survey found that 87% of respondents believe that the UK Government should accept this recommendation.
IEMA chief policy advisor Martin Baxter said: “The government’s independent climate advisors have recommended a carbon budget that is consistent with the UK meeting its national and international emissions reductions in the most cost effective way. Government urgently needs to adopt this recommendation to provide long-term certainty to business and investors.
“The true test of climate leadership is about sustaining the implementation of policies to achieve long-term climate goals. Government must remain resolute in its support for the UK achieving the 2050 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions. The 5th Carbon Budget provides the basis for giving confidence for investment, innovation, progressive transformation and effective action.”