The UK is ready to meet its targets on reducing carbon emissions, the country’s ministers said on Wednesday, a sign of renewed confidence in its commitment to tackling climate change.
But they said the country was still committed to staying in the EU’s “pre-2020” commitments to curb emissions.
They said the UK’s pledges were “still a long way from meeting the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030”.
Britain’s commitment to the EU-wide targets for reducing greenhouse gases was agreed in December and is due to come into force on 1 January, 2020.
The government has said it is still committed not to exceed the “previous legally binding targets”, but it has indicated it would consider changing its mind on future targets.
However, it is expected that, once it makes the changes to its target, it would seek to revise its commitment in future.
A new government could yet be formed in the coming months.
Brexit negotiations are already under way between the UK and the EU.