Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell last year but only due to milder weather and higher energy prices, government advisors have warned as they call for greater action to address climate change.
The Committee on Climate Change said greenhouse gas emissions fell by 7 per cent last year but only 0.8 per cent of the drop was due to climate change measures. Emissions should be falling by around 3 per cent a year if the UK is to meet legally binding targets to tackle climate change. Much greater investment is needed in low carbon energy, including onshore and offshore wind, nuclear and technology which captures the carbon from gas and coal and stores it permanently underground, the committee said. More progress is needed to insulate cavity and solid walls for homes and very few households are currently switching to renewable heating, while consumer response to electric vehicles remains ''cautious''.