UK pushes back 2030 decarbonisation target

The government ended months of internal rows and agreed key details of its forthcoming draft energy law late on 22 November. The proposal is expected next week

The UK’s coalition government ended months of internal rows and agreed key details of its forthcoming draft energy law late on 22 November. The agreement paves the way for the proposal’s publication next week.

It reveals that the finance ministry has won out over the energy and climate department on the key issue of a target to decarbonise UK power supply by 2030.

MPs, business and campaigning groups have all been calling for a target to cut the carbon intensity of UK electricity to 50 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour, down from 486g today. This is needed to provide certainty to investors, such as those looking to build offshore wind manufacturing plants, they say.

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