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Ministers urged to back carbon budget

A survey of environment and sustainability professionals in the UK has shown overwhelming support for the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change on the next carbon budget.

The Government is required to set a legally binding carbon budget by the end of June for the period 2028-32.

The committee has recommended a budget that would limit annual emissions to an average 57% below 1990 levels, as being the most cost-effective way for the UK to achieve its long-term climate targets.

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) polled its UK-based members in an online survey from 5-9 May and secured 1,569 responses.

Nine out of 10 respondents (87%) believed the Government should accept the committee’s recommendation.

Martin Baxter, IEMA chief policy adviser, said: “The Government’s independent climate advisers have recommended a carbon budget that is consistent with the UK meeting its national and international emissions reductions in the most cost-effective way.

“The Government urgently needs to adopt this recommendation to provide long-term certainty to business and investors.”

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