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"Carbon" Plan launched

"Carbon" Plan launched today - 08 March 2011

A Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister backed cross-Government action plan on climate change has been launched today which sets strict actions and deadlines that Whitehall will have to meet to ensure that the Government lives up to its ‘Greenest Government’ ever aim.

The Carbon Plan:

Is being initially published in draft, ahead of a final version in the Autumn – to be updated annually. This will allow the final live version to take account of the fourth carbon budget to be determined later this year. We also want NGOs and others to scour the plan and tell us what’s missing and what we have got right.
Shows that the delivery of the Government’s low carbon agenda is the shared responsibility of the whole of Government with key actions for BIS, DfT and HMT.
Will help ensure that each Whitehall department deliver key climate actions for which they are responsible to a clear framework of deadlines. Progress against these deadlines will be published quarterly on the No.10 website.

In a foreword to the document, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change write:

"This Carbon Plan sets out a vision of a changed Britain, powered by cleaner energy used more efficiently in our homes and businesses, with more secure energy supplies and more stable energy prices, and benefiting from the jobs and growth that a low carbon economy will bring.

Becoming a low carbon economy will be one of the greatest changes our country has ever known. But it is a change for the better, for our economy, our society, and for the planet. This Carbon Plan shows how, together, we can make it happen."

The document details a range of deadlines and actions that a number of Government departments will have to meet. These include:

HMT legislating to create a floor in the carbon price by April 2011
DECC to award the contract for the first UK Carbon Capture and Storage demonstration by end of this year and identify further demonstration projects by May 2012

The Department for Business to get the Green Investment Bank operational by September 2012 with the first annual data released on the funds in and size of investments made by the Bank by May 2013

By June 2011, DFT to develop a nationwide strategy to promote the installation of electric vehicle infrastructure

DECC to lead in reducing central government’s emissions by 10% in twelve months with the deadline of May 2011

By June 2012 Defra to launch a pilot project to develop and trial methods for delivering integrated environmental advice for farmers (!), including on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Read the Carbon Plan http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/what_we_do/lc_uk/carbon_plan/carbo...