|Grand room, grand ideas....|
This raises many obvious questions. Leaving aside arguments over climate change, the impact on living standards and whether unilateral decarbonisation is sensible in a global economy, is this plan remotely credible? And if it is, where does the EU believe the cuts will come from?
|Commission's plans to reduce CO2 by 80 - 95% (Mt CO2 eqv)|
You can also see from this that emissions from some states (Spain for instance) are allowed to go up before 2020. This is due to "burden sharing" allowed under EU rules. If the assembled ministers decide to do that again for 2030 it will mean higher cuts for the UK.
So, again, where will the cuts come from? Well, mostly from industry and power generation, it seems. The most startling projection is that power generation is planned to reduce to 0%. Right...
|EU Green paper: Power generation - 0% CO2?|
|UK electricity gerneration (2010)|