No justification for cutting climate target, Government told
Responding to the advice today [Wednesday 11 December 2013] from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to the Government, warning that there is no justification for watering down the fourth carbon budget (which sets a UK emissions quota for the period 2023-2027), Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said:
"There’s no justification for watering down the fourth carbon budget - doing so would drive up emissions, drive away jobs and send Britain’s international credibility on this crucial issue into reverse.
“Our over-reliance on increasingly costly fossil fuels has sent bills soaring and heightened the risk of extreme weather battering Britain. Switching to clean energy will help tackle this.
“Leading businesses are crying out to invest in the nation’s huge renewable energy potential, but they need the confidence to do so, which is why they are backing ambitious cuts in UK carbon pollution.
“If Ministers are serious about safeguarding Britain’s interests they should strengthen our climate targets, not weaken them.”
Notes to editors:
1. The Committee on Climate Change’s advice comes as part of an agreement with the Government that the budget would be reviewed in 2014. The Climate Change Act (2008) – which Friends of the Earth led the campaign for - sets out the basis for the review: it must be based on advice from the CCC and only if there has been significant change in circumstances, demonstrated by evidence and analysis, can the budget be changed.
2. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an independent statutory body established under the Climate Change Act (2008) to advise the UK Government on setting carbon budgets, and to report to Parliament on the progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions: www.theccc.org.uk/.
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