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The UK green strategy may not be enough for environmental ambitions

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The development strategy of the British green economy, which predicts a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, may be insufficient to meet the targets. The document adopted last year is intended to encourage investment in research and innovation to curb global warming. It envisages cutting emissions from the UK economy by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.
In 2017, the electricity produced from low-carbon sources doubled from 2009 levels to a record 50% of its consumption.
But there are signs that greenfield investment has shrunk over the past two years. Annual clean energy investments in the UK are at its lowest level since 2008.
According to British MPs, it is questionable whether the country will be able to meet the targets it set for 2023.
Carbon Brief analysis shows the UK’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuels fell by 2.6% in 2017, driven by a 19% decline in coal use. This follows on the heels of a larger 5.8% drop in CO2 in 2016, which saw a record 52% drop in coal use. The UK’s total CO2 emissions are currently 38% below 1990 levels and are now as low as emissions were back in 1890.