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Campaign success as government announces new climate change targets

By Sarah Whittington | 17 May 2011

Thank you for responding so quickly to the emergency email we sent out last Thursday evening. More than 2,500 people took action in just over 24 hours - a tremendous result.

'This should set the UK on the path to a green economy with huge potential for the UK to become a low-carbon leader in Europe.'

The pressure from you has made a real difference to political negotiations over the weekend.

The government have now announced that they will accept the advice of the independent Committee on Climate Change and commit to new emission reduction targets for 2025.

We are pleased the Prime Minister stood up to pressure from other government departments and recognised the importance of the UK's leadership on climate change and its responsibility in tackling the problem.

Poor communities around the world, already facing the impact of a changing climate, deserve no less than this.

Alison Doig, Christian Aid's Senior Climate Change Adviser, said:

'Christian Aid is extremely pleased that the coalition government has agreed to accept the fourth carbon budget. This should set the UK on the path to a green economy with huge potential for the UK to become a low-carbon leader in Europe.

'Now we need the government to lay the policy and investment foundation for our energy, transport and business sectors to make this vision a reality.'

 


What now?

As you read this, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is weighing up whether UK companies should be required to report their carbon emissions to an agreed standard. This would be an important step in reducing the UK's carbon emissions and meeting the targets set by the government today

 

Take action!

Act now! Urge the government to live up to David Cameron's pledge to make it the 'greenest ever'.

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 About the author

Sarah Whittington

Sarah Whittington manages Christian Aid's climate change campaign


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