The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has today (March 31) published its Climate Change Action Plan, detailing how renewables and the new subsidy scheme, the Feed-in Tariff, will have key roles to play in helping it to meet its carbon reduction targets.

The plan is a result of the Low Carbon Transition Plan, published in July 2009, where the government set out how three budgets for 2008-22 would be met so that, by 2020, UK emissions would be 18% below 2008 levels and 34% below 1990 levels.

It also allocated UK government departments their own departmental carbon budgets, committing each of them to produce its own delivery plan to show how it would stay within its budget. Today's plan sets out DECC's departmental carbon budget and how it intends to deliver it.

According to the document, DECC has the largest overall carbon budget, at 57% for the first carbon budget period of 2008-2012. The department's overall carbon budget for 2008-2012 shows the department aims to make emissions savings of 1,731 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e).

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