Britain to propose first-ever legally binding carbon-emission cuts

Tue, 2007-03-13 08:51Bill Miller
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Britain to propose first-ever legally binding carbon-emission cuts

The draft Climate Change Bill introduced by Environment Secretary David Miliband calls for an independent panel to set a “carbon budget” every five years. Opposition parties welcomed the proposals, but said carbon budgets should be set annually.

Miliband, who hailed the move as “the first of its kind in any country,” said annual targets would be too rigid to make allowances for climate variations.

The draft legislation will go to public and parliamentary consultation before becoming law next year, but environmental campaigners want to raise the 2050 target to 80% and set annual 3% cut targets to ensure compliance.

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Pressure continues to grow for European politicians to agree to further reductions of greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030.

The European Union’s 2020 climate and energy package, which is binding legislation, calls for emissions to be cut by 20 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020. In addition, the plan calls for energy efficiency savings of 20 per cent and a 20 per cent increase in renewable energy technologies.

While the European Union seems largely on track to meet those targets, later this month...

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