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Far-reaching Carbon Emission targets welcomed by Moore

May 18, 2011 11:08 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Borders MP Michael Moore welcomed yesterday's announcement that the Government has agreed on targets, in the 4th carbon budget, to drastically reduce UK Carbon Emissions.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Lib Dem Energy Secretary Chris Huhne confirmed that in the new budget the Government would accept the recommendations of the independent Committee on Climate Change and set out legally binding emissions reductions targets until 2027. These legal commitments go beyond those made by any other state and will make the UK a world leader in cutting carbon emissions.

The 4th budget covers 2023 to 2027 and forms part of Government plans to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent in 2050 compared to 1990 levels. The committee has said that to reach this carbon emissions should be cut by 60% by 2030 and that 40% of the UK's power should come from wind, wave and tide sources by 2030.

Commenting, Mr Moore said:

"This Government has committed to being the greenest government ever and these targets show that we are working towards fulfilling this pledge. This announcement will put the UK at the forefront of the international fight against climate change as the only nation with binding commitments beyond 2020.

"A number of my constituents have written to me concerned that Ministers were considering rejecting the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change. I hope that Chris Huhne's statement yesterday will reassure them that the Government has taken these targets on board and is committed to reducing the UK's carbon footprint.

"In the Borders, we have been hit hard by rocketing fuel and heating oil prices over recent months. These new targets will provide the impetus for more investment in renewable energy throughout the country, leading to greater energy security for everyone here in the Borders and the UK."


Chris Huhne yesterday (Tuesday) announced the level of the Government's fourth carbon budget, as required under the Climate Change Act.

In agreeing with the Climate Change Committee's advice of a 50% cut in emissions the Government is putting the UK at the forefront of a new global industrial transformation.

The UK will continue to press the EU to tighten emission reductions in 2020 to 30%, and will alter the UK budgets to reflect EU changes accordingly.

There will be no immediate implications for household bills of today's announcement, and the Government be looking at the impacts on some energy intensive industries: the Government will announce measures later in the year to help them manage the transformation.

The Government is giving investors the certainty they need to commit the upfront construction costs for the green energy sources we need to replace our dirty coal and ageing nuclear power stations.

The Government is reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, which are polluting, volatile in price and increasingly imported.

The Government is making good on our determination that this will be the greenest government ever, and keeping us on track to cut emissions by 80% by 2050.