Just over a year ago, David Cameron pledged that his government would be the greenest in UK history. This week, his embattled energy and climate secretary Chris Huhne put flesh on the bones of Cameron’s rhetoric by agreeing to tough and legally binding new carbon reduction targets.
Huhne committed the government to abide by the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation that the UK should cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% on 1990 levels by 2025, an important landmark in meeting the UK’s ambitious 80% by 2050 reduction target.
But targets are one thing, turning them into reality is a different matter. For many sustainability experts, the government’s record on green issues hasn’t lived up to its rhetoric.
Sustainability & Architecture principal Bill Gething argues that its main focus seems to have been on reducing red tape and legislation.