Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has told the House of Commons that her department will need to introduce more policies if the UK is to hit its legally-binding carbon dioxide emission reduction targets.

Rudd told MPs that measures would have to be introduced by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) during the current parliament.

She faced questions over the UK Government’s “reset” of energy policy, especially in light of the Paris Agreement.
Leaked emails have shown that ministers fear they will miss the fourth carbon budget unless action is taken.

Policy due later this year

Rudd said: “We are currently considering the implications of the Paris outcome domestically and with our European Union partners.

“Our 2050 target of at least an 80% reduction in emissions from a 1990 baseline is already set in statute. We are committed to meeting it, and I look forward to setting out this Government’s proposals and policies for meeting our carbon targets later this year.”

> Read a transcript of the debate