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UK plans over greenhouse gases ‘do not go far enough’

By Emily Beament

Three-fifths of new cars and vans should be electric by 2030 to meet legal targets to cut greenhouse gases, Government climate advisers have said.

New homes should also be being built to more energy-efficient standards to save people money on their bills and reduce emissions, they added.

A report from the Committee on Climate Change warned the Government's "clean growth strategy", published in October, did not go far enough to meet targets to cut greenhouse gases by the 2020s and 2030s under UK law.

The document called for more action, from incentives for "able to pay" householders to install energy efficiency measures, to speeding up tree-planting.

And Lord Deben, the committee's chairman, called for housebuilders, car companies and oil and gas firms to "step up" to play more of a role in the shift to a cleaner economy.

He said the strategy showed clean growth was now a "central part of the Government's economic policy".

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