National Targets & Action
10% by 2010, 20% by 2015, 80% by 2080, there are so many targets, confusion seems to be the only common factor at times, have a look at the key goals and how the UK is trying to get there ...
National & International Targets
The legally binding Climate Change Act was adopted by the UK government and achieved Royal Assent in November 2008.
Within the Climate Change Act there are many targets, but the key one is to achieve an 80% reduction in emissions compared to 1990 levels.
This Climate Change Act is unique, in that the UK is the only country in the world to set legally binding targets to achieve the "aspirational" international target of 80% by 2050.
Central Government are tackling this long-term goal by setting a series of 5 year "Carbon Budgets", with sets of 3 being set at a time, currently in place there is;
- 2008 - 2012 = 22%
- 2013 - 2017 = 28%
- 2018 - 2022 = 34%
These reductions are all against the 1990 national footprint, this equates to a 1.7% decrease each year over the 15 years period. This process will be repeated up until 2050.
The above targets are the current situation with the UK; this position is fluid and has been for many years.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference that starts on the 7th December 2009 in Copenhagen will challenge the current targets with the latest climate change predictions with the aim to gain an agreement that is acceptable to all participating Nations.
It is very likely that the targets described above will alter, but whatever the outcome it is hoped that the lead that the UK has taken in creating a legally binding National Act is followed by other countries. In particular the reaching of an agreement between the developed and the developing nations going forward is critical to the success of the conference.