Thursday, 22 September 2011

UK carbon target fail

The Guardian reported recently on the publication of a report by Cambridge Econometrics which says that the UK has decisively missed the stated target of a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions in the period 1990-2010, despite the reduction in emissions in 2009 due to the recession. 
This seems to me to highlight an issue which needs to be addressed.  While setting targets is necessary, these targets must be achievable and the resources to meet these targets need to be invested.  A recent DEFRA report looking at adaptation of UK infrastructure says that the govt plans to invest some £200 bn over the next five years, but given the ongoing financial crisis and the cuts to services which the UK (along with most of the EU, and the US)  is undergoing, it remains to be seen if this will actually happen? 

The political impetus to be seen to be green, and the well publicised statements, should not, I feel ,be taken at face value.  We face huge challenges in adapting to Climate Change and both the reality which we are facing and the difficulties in meeting the challenges which this presents must be made clear to all.  This is vital in terms of providing impetus for the radical actions which are necessary.

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