15 November 2007
Climate Change Bill should be tougher
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today called on the Government to radically strengthen the Climate Change Bill, and warned that without major changes, it would be a missed opportunity to tackle global warming.
The Climate Change Bill, published today, is the governments attempt to reduce carbon emissions and tackle global warming. However environmental groups have warned that the bill as it stands fails to set ambitious enough targets for lowering emissions.
John Barrett said:
“The principle of this Bill is right, but it is simply too weak in failing to set ambitious targets for 2050 in line with scientific evidence.
“I have lost count of the number of constituents who have contacted me on this matter. They will be very disappointed today to see so many omissions in the published Bill.
“It fails to give annual benchmarks, and does not include any word on aviation and shipping or other greenhouse gases like methane. Five-year carbon budgets combined with four-year parliaments do not make for ministerial accountability. This is simply not enough.
“We cannot afford to waste this opportunity to get this bill right. Tackling climate change will take many years, but we have to act now before it is too late. Today’s bill could be the start of our march towards a low carbon UK – the challenge now is to toughen up this bill before it becomes law.”