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Carbon emission targets 'must improve'

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Carbon dioxide emissions can be cut by 20% more than existing government targets for 2050, a report claims.

Published jointly by the Institute for Public Policy Researchthink tank, the World Wildlife Fund and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, 80% challenge: delivering a low carbon Britain, says that carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by 80% in the next 40 years.

It dismisses the government’s current target of 60% by 2050 as “inadequate”, claiming it is based on outdated science and excludes theUK’s share of emissions form international aviation.

An 80% reduction could be achieved through:

  • Switching to low-carbon technologies in the electricity sector, like wind power and hydroelectric power

  • Using vehicles more efficiently

  • Limiting aviation growth

Click here to view 80% challenge: delivering a low carbon Britain.

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