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01 Dec 2008 05:12:30

CO2 emissions should be cut by 30% by 2020

CO2 emissions should be cut by 30% by 2020
Carbon emissions should be cut by 30 per cent by 2020, instead of the current target of 26 per cent, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has claimed.

The ippr says that cutting emissions by 50 per cent by 2020 would bring down the risk of dangerous climate change to a low or very low level.

It claims that the 30 per cent target could be reached by a combination of using low carbon technologies in electricity generation, reducing emissions from heat generation, increasing motoring efficiency and constraining the growth of aviation.

Ippr co-director Carey Oppenheim said: "This is a critical time in climate change policy. For an effective global climate deal to be reached by the end of 2009, the UK like other developed countries must show leadership and that means committing to shouldering a fair share of the effort needed to prevent the worst climate impacts.

"At the very least the UK should be aiming for is a 30% cut in emissions, with policies put in place to ensure a radical shift in the pace and scale of investment in low carbon technologies."

Later this week, leaders from around the globe are to meet in Poland to advance a round of climate change talks which aim to devise a follow up to the Kyoto Protocol.



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