Friday, 3 August 2007

Committee report on Draft Climate Change Bill

The Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill have published their report on the Draft Bill today. Key findings include the following:

  • The 2050 target for carbon reductions does not reflect the latest science on climate change and is undermined by the exclusion of aviation and shipping
  • The upper limit for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 should be removed
  • Mechanisms to enforce the bill need to be strengthened and the legal responsibility should fall on the Prime Minister instead of the Secretary of State for Environment
  • Close monitoring and reporting of other GHGs
  • The Bill needs to be strengthened on adaptation to include a duty on the secretary of state to report on the risks and proposals to address those risks
  • The Government needs to consider how best improve public understanding and action on climate change and role of local government in addressing climate change

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