The government’s new environmental deal counters criticism from environmental charities that the coalition is failing to live up to its ambition of becoming the “greenest government ever”.
Cabinet ministers have agreed a legally binding deal for ambitious cuts to carbon emissions in the UK leading up to the year 2050.
The plans put the government on course to deliver an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by the year 2050. This will follow a target of 60% emissions cuts by 2030.
Recommendations were put forward by The Committee on Climate Change, an independent body advising the government on climate change.