Environmental groups call for cuts in emissions

by Stephen Hurrell. Published Tue 14 Jul 2009 12:50
Calls for the Government to tackle emissions.

Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth has urged the government to make ‘fast and urgent’ cuts in emissions.

The Government is expected to announce a number of strategies tomorrow aimed at meeting the requirements of the Climate Change Act, which requires the Government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050, and by 34 per cent by 2020.

And following new EU rules, the UK must also ensure that at least 15 per cent of UK energy comes form renewable sources by 2020 - which is expected to require 30-35 per cent of UK electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020.

Commenting on reports about tomorrow's Government strategies for tackling climate change, Friends of the Earth's campaigns director Mike Childs said:

"The cost of tackling climate change will be dwarfed by the financial and human consequences of failing to act.
"Creating a safer future by cutting energy waste and developing the UK's vast renewable energy potential can bring huge benefits too.

"This country has one of the best renewable energy resources in the world which could slash emissions, create new green jobs and industries and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

"Tomorrow's Government strategies for tackling climate change are critical. They must show how this country will make fast and urgent cuts in emissions and demonstrate genuine international leadership ahead of crucial UN global warming negotiations in Copenhagen later this year."

Commenting on today's reports about the forthcoming introduction of feed in tariffs - paying homes, communities and businesses for generating green power from small scale renewable energy schemes - Friends of the Earth's Campaigns Director Mike Childs said:

"Feed in tariffs can play a significant part in helping the UK meet its climate change and renewable energy targets - but the payments have to be generous enough to reward people for investing in green power."

The government agreed to introduce a feed in tariff in November last year and Friend’s of the Earth hope the government will act quickly to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

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