Lib Dems ensure Britain leads fight against climate change – Greg Mulholland
Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland has today welcomed the announcement by Lib Dem Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, on the level of the Governments forth carbon budget, as required under the climate change act.
The Government announced that they have agreed to the Climate Change Committees advice of a 50% cut in emissions, which will put the Government at the forefront of a new global industrial transformation. The UK will also continue to press the EU to tighten emissions reductions in 2020 to 30% and will alter the UK budgets to reflect EU changes accordingly.
"This is the most ambitious legally binding limit on carbon emissions set by any government in the world. It underlines the Coalition's commitment to being the greenest government ever and puts Britain at the forefront of the global fight against climate change.
"The Liberal Democrats have been committed to protecting the environment since the party was formed and we are proud that we are now putting this commitment into practice."
Commenting further, Chris Huhne said:
"This announcement will give investors the certainty they need to invest in clean energy. It puts Britain at the leading edge of a new global industrial transformation as well as making good our determination that this will be the greenest government ever.
"By cutting emissions we're also getting ourselves off the oil hook, making our energy supplies more secure and opening up opportunities for jobs in the new green industries of the future.
"Under this carbon budget, Britain in 2027 will be a different place and transformed for the better with warmer homes powered by green energy, many more cars powered by electricity and far less reliance on fossil fuels to drive our economy."
Notes to Editors:
- 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.