UK Govt Fails To Meet Own Green Targets

The government has been unable to meet its own targets for cutting carbon emissions, waste, water usage and domestic flights, a new report from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has revealed.

However, although the government did fall short in all areas, the reductions that were achieved did succeed in saving the taxpayer £185 million in the last 12 months, the Guardian reports.

A 25 per cent cut in carbon emissions from government buildings and travel was the target for 2014-2015, but 22 per cent was actually achieved. Cuts in emissions predominantly came from improved energy efficiency, accounting for 90 per cent of the cash saved.

Furthermore, the government set out a target of a 20 per cent cut in domestic flights taken by government officials, but a fall of 18 per cent was seen.

Lisa Nandy, shadow energy and climate secretary, was quoted by the news source as saying: “Ministers’ failure to hit almost all of these targets means a bigger bill for taxpayers and more damage to the environment. If the government can’t even cut its own pollution footprint, how can anyone have confidence they will cut Britain’s?”

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