Britain set to miss 2020 carbon reduction target

The UK will miss a legally binding target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 34% relative to 1990 levels by 2020 unless the government implements policies to increase renewables in heat supply and transport, analysts said on Tuesday.

Britain will meet its "carbon budgets" for 2008-12 and 2013-17, but not for 2018-22, according to a report by Cambridge Econometrics. This means it will not achieve its 34% reduction target. The first carbon budget, a five-year plan to reduce emissions, was announced in April.

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