Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tougher climate target unveiled sans Aviation & Shipping

From the BBC
Ed Miliband is the first climate change and energy secretary

The government has committed the UK to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by middle of this century.

Climate change and energy secretary Ed Miliband said the current 60% target would be replaced by a higher goal.

He told MPs the government would not "row back" on green issues in the light of the current economic crisis.

He also warned the big energy companies they face legislation if they did not end "unfair" pricing policies in his first statement to MPs in his new job.

Mr Miliband told MPs the government accepted all the recommendations of the report from Lord Turner's Committee on Climate Change.

The target does not include aviation or shipping emissions.

It's odd that Milliband 'accepted all of the reccomendations' but failed to include aviation or shipping. I say odd because one of the reccomendations was that:

"The CCC also advised that the UK’s climate change strategy, and the 80% target, should include international aviation and shipping." (press release, pdf)

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