Southwark demands action on climate change
David Norman, from WWF, spoke on the need for David Cameron to accept in full the advice of the Committee on Climate Change on the UK's carbon targets, including the target to reduce emissions by 60% by 2030.
He also emphasised the importance of making changes to the Energy Bill in two areas:
- The Warm Homes amendment to ensure the energy efficiency of the UK's buildings is improved
- Ensuring local action on climate change is a core responsibility of councils
Mr Hughes indicated that all Lib Dems in the cabinet would support full acceptance of the Climate Change Committee's recommendations.
Mariana Paoli from Christian Aid also spoke of the need for urgent international action to:
- stop investment in fossil fuels
- ensure international finance for energy flows to sustainable energy for poor people, and
- push for the international community to quickly introduce new innovative funding sources for climate finance.
Mr Hughes said he supported these actions and that he would raise them with Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development.
He also invited those present to discuss the Energy Bill further when it reaches the House of Commons.
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