Improvements needed for UK to meet 2025 carbon budget

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The climate change budget for the UK is reportedly running off course and destined not to meet the 2025 deadline.

For improvements to be made and the deadline to be met,  the country must set long-term targets and improve its low carbon policy according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Under the Fourth Carbon budget, the CCC  have reported that the UK is on track to reduce carbon emissions by 21 to 23 percent, which is significantly lower than the required 31 per cent.

The CCC chief executive, Adrian Gault, said: "When we're looking forward, particularly to the mid-2020s and achieving the fourth carbon budget, we're identifying a gap between current measures and that budget.

"We've reviewed the existing policy measures and expectations of emissions savings the government puts into its predictions and we think it's unlikely all those savings will be delivered, so the gap identified is a little bit bigger than the gap the government would have acknowledged."

There have been achievements recorded in lower emissions from new cars, wind power investments and new boiler installations. However, it is delays in the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the lack of energy efficiency information in the commercial and residential sectors,  that have collectively taken the UK off track for its required carbon emission reductions the CCC concluded.

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