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30 Oct 2007 12:10:21

Government spells out stronger climate change bill

The environment secretary Hilary Benn set out a stronger climate change bill following a period of consultation, the Guardian reports.

In a speech at Kew Gardens he said: "We need to step up the fight against climate change and we need to do it fast. The draft bill we set out earlier this year and have now refined is a ground-breaking blueprint for moving the UK towards a low carbon economy."

One possible inclusion that will please the environmental lobby is emissions from aviation and shipping.

Other changes include the possibility of raising emission reduction targets further, and giving the climate change committee more independence from the government.

Previously the bill had set a target of a 60 per cent CO2 reduction by 2050, and left out industries including aviation.

Mr Benn, who became environment secretary in June this year, also believes that energy efficiency in the home is vital for meeting carbon reduction targets.


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