4 October 2006
Barrett lays down climate change challenge ahead of emissions summit
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has called on the Government to secure real agreement on tackling climate change ahead of a major G8 climate summit today.
Environment Ministers from the world’s top 20 polluting nations are today (Wednesday 4th October) meeting in Mexico in an attempt to move closer to an agreement on tackling climate change. Mr Barrett has challenged the Government and Environment secretary David Milliband to use the summit to follow through on recent pledges on the environment at Labour’s party conference last week.
Delegates in Mexico will be presented with a major new Treasury-commissioned report expected to conclude that it will be cheaper to curb energy use now rather than to pay for the consequences of climate change later.
Latest research has revealed that the volume of emissions of the gases that cause global warming will double by 2050 unless rich countries agree to take significant policy steps to cut energy use.(1)
In a statement, John Barrett said:
“We need more action from the Government than simply a succession of Ministers all telling us how important it is to tackle global warming. What we need is real action and agreement on a national and international level.
“Today’s Summit must be about hammering out a real international consensus on tackling global warming.
“Global warming is an issue where the Government needs to illustrate the benefits of our ‘special relationship’ with the US, which we have maintained at such a high cost.
“Bringing the US into international agreements on climate change is absolutely crucial to long-term efforts to tackling, what is the greatest long-term threat to the planet.”
• G8 environment ministers are today meeting in a closed-door session at a summit in Mexico.
(1) Research conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.