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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