ippr + WWF + RSPB report = UKCO2/5 by 2050

November 5, 2007 at 10:55 am | Posted in Aviation emissions, Carbon dioxide, Climate change, CO2, Emissions reductions, Institute for Public Policy Research, ippr, Reports, RSPB, UK, WWF | 2 Comments

According to a new report by ippr, WWF and the RSPB:

UK can meet an 80 per cent CO2 target

05 November 2007

The UK can cut its CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 according to a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr), WWF and the RSPB published today (Monday). The report says that the Government’s current target of 60 per cent cuts in CO2 emissions by 2050 is inadequate because it is based on out-dated science and excludes the UK’s share of emissions from international aviation.

The research, published ahead of the second reading of the Climate Change Bill, includes emissions from international aviation, and applies environmental safeguards on the use of biofuels and wind energy. It also examines the implications of excluding new nuclear power.

According to the research, an 80 per cent cut in CO2 by 2050 would mean a slow down in economic growth of 2-3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). But the economy would still triple in size and reach the same level as it would on a business-as-usual scenario by spring 2052, less than two years later. In contrast, the Stern Review concluded that taking no action on the impacts of climate change could reduce global GDP by 5-20 per cent.

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  1. Do you believe them?

  2. […] Report: UK Could Cut Emissions by 80% by 2050: UK think tanks are trying to raise their government’s bar on how deeply the Brits can cut carbon emissions. A new report argues that the government’s target of a 60% reduction in carbon emissions is too low and should be raised to 80%. William Connolley over at Stoat has excellent criticism on the kinda-sorta feasibility of the plan. Still, it’s amazing that the British are even considering these types of cuts. The report flat-out admits that its implementation would lower GDP. Are Americans ready to consider these types of sacrifices? [PR, Via] […]


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