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UK ahead of carbon emissions target

The UK will almost double its carbon emissions reduction obligation by 2010, according to figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Greenhouse gas emissions in Britain are set to be 23 per cent lower than 1990 levels by next year, the report revealed - well ahead of the 12.5 per cent target laid out in the Kyoto agreement.

The study had been sent to the United Nations and was unveiled to mark United Nations World Environment Day on Friday (June 5th).

"Our latest report to the UN shows what can be achieved when government, communities and business work together to reduce emissions," said climate change minister Joan Ruddock.

"We already have significant achievements under our belt, but we know there is more to be done - we must continue to work urgently to reduce our emissions further and faster."

The report's release has also coincided with a meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will see negotiations take place to find a new deal to replace the Kyoto agreement.

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