New Scientist article New scientists have revealed that a recent survey by the Office for National Statistics showed that Britain is on track to exceed its target for CO2 emissions by 2020.
The ONS, which produces the National Climate Assessment, found that a whopping 40 per cent of the UK’s CO2 pollution comes from the fuel industry, while the other 39 per cent comes from transport, waste and industrial activity.
The latest figures also showed that the UK will be on track for a 40 per of the world’s CO 2 emissions from 2020.
It will be the highest share of emissions since 2000, when a record high of almost 50 per cent was recorded.
The findings were released as the government is preparing for a national climate summit in June, when its climate policy is set to be announced.
The government is also looking at a number of new initiatives, including the introduction of a cap-and-trade system and carbon capture and storage.
But a report published this week by Greenpeace warned that the country’s climate policy was being pushed too fast.
Greenpeace chief executive John Sauven said the government’s plan to cut carbon emissions by 50 per of 2020’s target was “a mistake”.
“The government’s climate strategy is so slow it will take us longer than we need to,” he said.
“We know that there are limits to what we can achieve, and the UK needs to make the most of our remaining opportunities in terms of climate action.”
He said the country needed to “get the plan right” before tackling the world climate crisis.
“The fact that the government has not taken action is an indictment of the country,” he added.
“It has put our children and grandchildren in a dangerous position and we have to take action now to reduce our own emissions and reduce emissions in the UK.”
The ONSPHERE data also showed a massive rise in CO2 use from the fossil fuel industry in the last decade, with the sector now accounting for nearly 30 per cent, or 8.3 million tonnes, of emissions.
A government spokesperson said: “This is an issue which has been raised for a long time.
We need to make sure we are putting the right incentives in place to ensure our economy works well for the future.”
Our strategy will make it easier for the UK to meet our carbon reduction targets and we are making investments in new technologies to make our industry more efficient and to protect our climate.
“The government is hoping to cut emissions by a total of 20 per cent by 2020, compared to the same period in 2015.