UK plans to make all new homes carbon neutral

Preliminary budget announces green measures in housing, aviation and biofuels

The UK plans to make all new homes carbon neutral within ten years, according to the British government’s preliminary budget for the period 2007-08.  Britain is the first country ever to announce such an ambition, finance minister Gordon Brown said on Wednesday.  Also announced in the draft budget was a doubling of green taxes on air transport and an extension of tax breaks to second-generation biofuels.  But industry hopes of funding for a demonstration carbon capture and storage plan were not met.  See UK pre-budget report and Mr Brown’s speech.

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