UK government announces increased green funding

Waste management and low-carbon energy-efficient technologies to benefit, says pre-budget statement

The British government announced an increase in environmental spending over the next three years in a draft budget presented on Tuesday. Funding for sustainable waste management will be doubled and there will be an extra £570m (€823m) for the development of low carbon and energy-efficient technologies. The pre-budget report also announces a shift in air travel taxation from passengers to aircraft, to take effect in 2009, and increased auctioning of carbon trading allowances from 2013. See UK environment ministry press releases one and two, plus reaction from Friends of the Earth.

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