UK Climate Change Committee recommends for 60% emissions cut

Report said that UK is now halfway towards the 2050 deadline

The UK Climate Change Committee (CCC) has urged for a 60% reduction in the country's emissions by 2030 for meeting the 2050 target laid down in the Climate Change Act.

The CCC, in its fourth carbon budget report, said that a 2030 emissions reduction target of 60% will pave the way for a 62% emissions reduction by 2030 to meet the 2050 target, reported.

The report said that UK is now halfway towards the 2050 deadline.

Committee chair Lord Adair Turner said that the target is 'stretching but realistic'.

The CCC says that for meeting the 2030 target, the carbon budget up to 2022 needs to be tightened to achieve a 37% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 compared with 1990 levels, up from the current target of 34%.

The committee further urges that by investing in wind and nuclear power and applying carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to coal and gas facilities, 2030 target can be achieved.

The report also recommends for the roll out of smart meters to homes and non-residential buildings for helping consumers manage their usage.

The report added that the industry will have to adopt CCS technology, as well as the use of biomass and biogas for heat demand.