Govt action to cut carbon slammed as climate advisor warns of missed targets

15th July 2018

Delaying action to slash emissions will increase human and financial costs

Government plans for slashing carbon emissions have been slammed today by Friends of the Earth after the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warned that the UK isn’t on course for meeting its climate targets.

Reacting to today’s report Oliver Hayes, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:

“This report highlights the government’s dangerously inadequate approach to tackling climate change.

“Confirmation that the UK is off course for meeting its climate targets makes this week’s decisions to expand Heathrow and scrap the tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay even less justifiable.

“Lives and livelihoods are already being lost due to devastating climate breakdown.

“The climate committee is clear that urgent action is not only essential, but also low-cost. Delaying action will increase the human and financial costs for everyone.

“There are huge opportunities here, but the government is dropping the ball.”



1. In its press release the CCC says: “Since 2008, the UK has seen a rapid reduction in emissions in the electricity sector, but this achievement masks a marked failure to decarbonise other sectors, including transport, agriculture and buildings. In the last five years, emissions reductions in these areas have stalled. As a result, the UK is not on course to meet the fourth (2023-2027) or fifth (2028-2032) carbon budgets.”