Huhne sets out UK ambition for Durban

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne says the UK is committed to an internationally binding agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaking before the start of UN climate talks on Monday in South Africa, he said a global deal “is an absolute necessity”.

Urgent need for action

Between 1990 and 2010, there was a 29% increase in the warming effect on our climate system - carbon dioxde emissions accounted for 80% of this.

This comes after the International Energy Agency warned over the urgent need to switch to clean power.

Friends of the Earth is calling for:

  • A binding climate agreement by 2015
    To protect people from climate change and boost British jobs.
  • The EU to back a new climate change deal
    even if other countries with big carbon emissions fail to follow suit.
  • An agreement that excludes carbon trading
    Rich countries need to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2020.

The UK must also find new funding to help poor countries reduce emissions – helping these nations grow cleanly will lower the cost of renewable energy worldwide, and save all of us money long-term.

Andy Atkins, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth

What you can do

Please ask Tomasz Chruszczow, Europe's lead negotiator in Durban, to ensure a strong, fair climate agreement.