But government's goal of cutting carbon by 20% before 2010 looking less likely

The UK is on track to reduce it greenhouse gas emissions by almost double its Kyoto target, the government announced today. Figures for 2005, released today, show a fall in CO2 emissions.

Environment secretary David Miliband said: “These figures confirm that we are on track to meet and exceed our Kyoto target. Based on these figures, our greenhouse gas emissions are 15.3% below 1990 levels – 18.8% when the effect of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme is taken into account. That's already better than our Kyoto commitment of 12.5%.

“With emissions trading, we will almost double our Kyoto target, with an estimated 23.6% reduction in greenhouse gases on 1990 levels by 2010.”

However Miliband said it was proving more difficult to meet the government’s own self imposed goal to cut CO2 emissions by 20% by 2010.