The Carbon Plan [Archived]
The Carbon Plan [Archived]

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Carbon Plan [Archived]
  • Brexit impact
  • Carbon budgets
  • Policy papers
  • The Carbon Plan
  • Low carbon buildings
  • Low carbon transport
  • Low carbon industry
  • Low carbon power generation
  • Low greenhouse gas agriculture and forestry

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Carbon budgets

The Climate Change Act 2008 set a legally binding target for the UK to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% compared to 1990 levels by 2050.

To drive progress towards the 2050 target, carbon budgets are set for five year periods. See Practice Note: Climate change—emissions targets, carbon budgets and net zero.

Carbon budget% reduction below 1990 base year
1st Carbon budget (2008-12)23%
2nd Carbon budget (2013-17)29%
3rd Carbon budget (2018-22)35% by 2020
4th Carbon budget (2023-27)50% by 2025

Policy papers

The previous government issued four policy papers:

  1. Low Carbon Transition Plan

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