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UK to Cut Emissions by 80% – Hanson

Delyn MP David Hanson has backed moves by the new Energy and Climate Secretary is commit the UK to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050 as a major contribution to a global deal on climate change.

Speaking in the House of Commons today Ed Miliband MP backed the recommendations of Lord Turner’s Climate Change Committee and said the Government would make the target binding in law by amending the Climate Change Bill currently going through Parliament.

The Secretary of State intends to bring an amendment to the Energy Bill, currently passing through Parliament, to introduce a ‘feed in tariff’ to support small scale renewables, and to make a further announcement soon on encouraging renewable heat. He also made clear that, unless energy companies demonstrate action to end overcharging for many customers on pre-payment meters, he was prepared to consult on legislation to end unfair pricing differentials.

David Hanson said:

“The new Secretary of State has made clear the Government’s intentions to tackle the threat of climate change head-on.

“The UK is leading the international community on this issue and by toughening the emission reduction target to 80 per cent we are sending out a strong message to the rest of the world.

“Signing up to the target is one thing; however we must work hard to put the measures in place to ensure we reach it. I will be working with the new Department to ensure we take the steps needed to tackle the effects of climate change.”