UK tap water can’t be blamed for rising CO2 levels
The UK government says it can’t blame the state of its drinking water for rising carbon dioxide levels.
In a statement to the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, the government said that, as part of its Climate Change and Food Security Act of 2020, the UK has agreed to an emissions trading scheme for the electricity and gas sectors.
In the statement, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: “We will take steps to improve the UK’s water quality and we have already committed to introducing a carbon tax in 2020, and our aim is to have the UK producing 20 per cent more electricity by 2025, which will make our water systems safer for our children and our future generations.”
The UK is among some nations that have not ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The US has ratified the agreement, which was signed in Paris in 2015, and in 2016 the European Union (EU) ratified it.
The UK was one of just two countries, along with the US, to not ratify the agreement.
The EU’s new carbon pricing scheme will be effective from April 2020 and is based on the EU’s cap-and-trade system.
The scheme will put a price on carbon emissions, which can be adjusted depending on how much carbon dioxide is emitted and the amount of carbon that is captured from the atmosphere.
The carbon pricing mechanism is expected to increase the price of electricity and natural gas by around 2.7 per cent per annum over the next five years.
The government has said that by 2020, it will have invested £9bn in the carbon pricing programme, and by 2021, it expects to have £15bn invested.