UK 'failing on greenhouse gases'

The UK is set to miss a key target on cutting greenhouse gases, Tony Blair has admitted.

The prime minister said the UK was not expected to meet its pledge to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by 2010.

But he stressed it was on course to hit the 12.5% cut demanded in the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases.

Friends of the Earth says emissions are currently down about 7% - the same as in 1997 when Labour came to power.

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But significantly, emissions from aviation are excluded from these targets. If they were included, the UK's performance would be seen to be worse. Emissions from aircraft are set to nearly double by 2010 compared with 1990 levels.

 

 

 
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