Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the European Commission’s ambitious climate change proposals which will help us to deliver a low carbon economy throughout Europe.
The package includes a 20 per cent reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, increasing to 30 per cent when there is an international climate agreement; 20 per cent of total EU energy consumption to come from renewables by 2020; and measures to support the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) including up to twelve CCS demonstration projects.
The proposals put the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) at the heart of EU climate policy, including establishing an EU-wide central cap on emissions covered by the EU ETS to 2020 and beyond.
For the UK, the Commission’s proposals will mean:
* A reduction of 16 per cent in UK greenhouse gas emissions from sectors not covered by the EU ETS by 2020 from 2005 levels;
* For 15 per cent of the energy consumed in the UK to come from renewable sources by 2020;
* For 10 per cent of road transport fuels to come from renewable sources, subject to them being produced in a sustainable way.
David Hanson said:
“These proposals are good news for the environment and shows that the EU is leading the way on the international stage. We can only make progress tackling climate change by working together.
“With clear long-term targets businesses will be better prepared to plan ahead.
“The EU package complements what we are already doing domestically though the Energy Bill and the groundbreaking Climate Change Bill.”