UK climate change chief criticises government gas strategy

The chief executive for the UK Committee on Climate Change says the gas strategy announced in the Treasury’s Autumn Statement is bad news for the country’s efforts to meets its carbon reduction commitments.

David Kennedy has criticised George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer for including a clause in the strategy which envisages a scenario whereby 37 GW of new gas plants could be introduced, a great deal more than the 26 GW being presently authorised.

  “This would not be sensible, or compatible with meeting carbon budgets and the 2050 target,” Mr Kennedy said.

  The committee on climate change is an independent statutory body that advises the government on meeting its carbon reduction goals. It was set up under the 2008 Climate Change Act, which requires UK greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced by at least 80 per cent by 2050, compared with 1990 levels.

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