Final statement for the second carbon budget period

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the final statement for the UK’s second carbon budgetary period.

The budgetary period covers 2013 to 2018 and compares the second carbon budget against the net UK carbon account to determine whether it has been met. The report shows that emissions were 40% lower than 1990 base year emissions over the second budget period.

The Climate Change Act introduced a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% below the 1990 baseline by 2050, with an interim target to reduce emissions by at least 34% by 2020. The Act also introduced carbon budgets to set targets, which cover the years 2008 to 2032.

Budget Period Status
1st carbon budget 2008 to 2012 Met
2nd carbon budget 2013 to 2017 Met
3rd carbon budget 2018 to 2022 Not released
4th carbon budget 2023 to 2027 Not released
5th carbon budget 2028 to 2032 Not released


It is pleasing to see that the UK is on course to meet its target in 2050, which has been significantly bolstered by the energy efficiency industry.

Insights from the Each Home Counts review show that 23% of the UK carbon emissions come from domestic buildings, and that 65% of homes in England could benefit from energy efficiency improvements.

The Review acknowledges that meeting the challenge of reducing carbon emissions will require the adoption of technologies beyond established measures and that there is scope for better use of property assessments to identify and implement appropriate measures for each household.

For Elmhurst this demonstrates the importance of energy certificates and their role in reducing carbon emissions from both domestic and commercial properties, and we are excited to see how they can be further used to this end.

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Article Published: 24th May 2019

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