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23 November 2010

WWF slaps UK carbon policy with 'E' grade

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Report argues UK Climate Act is being undermined by lack of progress on transport and energy policy

The UK may have been the first country to adopt a climate bill, but its failure to translate that legislation into meaningful medium-term policy has earned the country an 'E' grade in a major new study on European climate change policy to be released later today by WWF and green consultancy Ecofys.

The report, entitled the Climate Policy Tracker for the European Union, assesses the current state of climate policy in each of the EU's member states and awards them an A to G grading.

It concluded that while the EU is widely regarded as having one of the world's most ambitious climate change policies, it has still delivered only a third of the policy measures required to ensure it meets its goal of cutting emissions by 80 to 95 per cent by 2050.

The UK recorded a mixed bag of grades, securing a 'B' rating for the long-term certainty delivered by the Climate Change Act, but lagging behind France, Sweden and Ireland on transport policy and Denmark on buildings policy.


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