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Tom Brake hails carbon reduction budget

May 20, 2011 4:01 PM

Local MP Tom Brake has praised the Government's announcement pledging to cut carbon emissions by half before 2025.

Tom, who backed a motion in Parliament earlier this month promoting the use of sustainable energy, said: "This is the most ambitious and 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 Lib Dems 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."

The UK's fourth 'carbon budget' also pledges to continue to press to tighten emission reductions across the rest of the EU by 2020 and to reduce the UK's reliance on fossil fuels.

The Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said: "By cutting emissions we're also getting ourselves off the oil hook and opening up opportunities for jobs in the new green industries of the future.

"Under this carbon budget, Britain will be 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."

Tom added: "This announcement keeps us on track to the cut emissions by 80% by 2050, and shows that this Government is committed to being the greenest government ever."