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Government's energy plan is major climbdown - Stunell

April 27, 2004 2:02 PM

Building an energy efficient house.Commenting ahead of today's statement by the Government on its long-awaited Energy Efficiency Action Plan, Andrew Stunell MP, Liberal Democrat Energy Spokesman, said:

"After so much talk, this Government has produced a whimper of an action plan. It delivers nothing new. The Government is backtracking on its commitment to cut household carbon emissions by 5 million tonnes per year until 2010. Now the target is an embarrassing 4.2 million tonnes per year - a reduction of 16%.

"Since the Royal Commission Report on Environmental Pollution in 2000, there has been a steady climb down the ladder of commitment to reducing the UK's climate damage.

"Step by step the Government is going down to a bargain basement climate change policy. It won't work, it won't last, and it won't do."