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Govt 'failing to set example' on carbon emissions

Govt 'failing to set example' on carbon emissions

Carbon emission reduction targets are unlikely to be met by the government on current progress, a report finds.

The Sustainable Development Commission's annual assessment of the government's progress notes emissions are down four per cent on 1999/2000 levels.

But it warns individual departments are "still not on track" to meet the 12.5 per cent target by 2010/11.

"Radical and urgent" steps are now required, the report says. These include progressive budget cuts for energy and utilities budgets and a central invest-to-save fund to finance capital investments in sustainable development.

The commission's vice-chairperson, Rebecca Willis, said: "These targets must be the first step in a journey towards much greater sustainability; yet progress to date has been far too slow."

The government has announced plans to establish a new Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Procurement in response to the report.

Environment secretary Hilary Benn said: "In the year that has elapsed since the period covered by this report, departments have been working to cut emissions, waste and water use and to increase recycling levels."


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