Ministers have pledged to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 57% compared to 1990 levels.

The cuts are part of the Fifth Carbon Budget, which will run between 2028 and 2032.

The UK Government has decided to implement the budget as recommended by independent advisory body the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The Fourth Carbon Budget, which covers 2023 to 2027, laid out a 52% reduction.

Positive reception

Hugh McNeil, Chief Executive at trade body RenewableUK, said: “This will allow investment to continue to flow into renewable energy projects throughout the UK.”

Richard Black, Director of the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit, added: “Accepting the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendations for the Fifth Carbon Budget will go some way to restoring investor confidence and so controlling costs.”

But James Court, Head of Policy at the Renewable Energy Association, warned: “This is a positive first step, but will need to be backed up by a robust energy plan by the end of the year.”

> Read RenewableUK's statement in full