UK Government Carbon Budget: Why it still needs a waste management strategy

The UK government has issued its sixth Carbon Budget which has outlined what is in effect the most ambitious climate change target yet set by a world government. Its objective is to reduce emissions by 78% compared with 1990 levels.

The budget limits the volume of greenhouse gases emitted over a 5 year period from 2033 to 2037, which would take the UK three quarters of the way towards meeting its 2050 objectives. The budget outlines how the country will go about getting to a net zero target in this 29 year time frame, and for the first time also includes the UK’s share of emissions from shipping and aviation.

This means that the UK will be continuing to support the sorts of businesses that will be playing a role in achieving this. As UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on release of the budget:

“The UK will be home to pioneering businesses, new technologies and green innovation as we make progress to net zero emissions, laying the foundations for decades of economic growth in a way that creates thousands of jobs.”

According to the Energy Savings Trust, much of the progress that the UK has made thus far has been due to the way the country generates electricity – e.g. moving to cleaner sources of fuel. But more could also be achieved with better management of existing carbon emissions.

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