News24.com title How a solar energy plant can be a carbon-offset scheme article The government is proposing to change the way in which a lot of carbon emissions are handled, as it seeks to cut the number of cars in the country.
The proposal was unveiled by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in Parliament on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the Minister said the new policy will “help the UK’s economy and protect the planet”.
“The government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions from our economy will have a direct impact on how many cars are produced, but will also have an impact on the emissions produced by our energy sector,” the spokesperson said.
“This will help the UK achieve its international commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and to create a greener future for future generations.”
The proposed policy comes after the Government announced it was introducing a carbon tax, which would be used to offset carbon emissions, at a time when the economy is struggling to deal with the economic downturn.
But with a strong climate change agenda on the cards, some environmentalists have said the Government’s plan is unlikely to be implemented in the near term.
“I don’t think this is going to happen in the foreseeable future, it’s a lot more likely to be delayed,” said Caroline Pearson, the Environment Secretary for the Green Party.
“We need to see how the new carbon tax is actually enforced.”
Ms Pearson said she was “confident” the government would be able to introduce a carbon price, which is likely to cost around £1.4bn per year.
“We’re really looking forward to the implementation of this carbon tax,” she said.
However, others have questioned the feasibility of a carbon market.
In fact, one of the reasons why the carbon tax was proposed is because there were concerns that it would increase prices for car owners.
Carbon markets in many countries are widely seen as a way of dealing with high levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and they are seen as an important way to cut emissions.
While the Green party has criticised the Government for its climate change policy, it has pledged to fight the tax in the coming weeks.