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27 Oct 2008 05:10:14

Government to make 'world class climate change law'

Government to make 'world class climate change law'
Aviation and shipping emissions are to be included in the UK's commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, creating a 'world class climate change law'.

Ed Miliband, newly appointed energy and climate change secretary, is to announce that he will support an amendment to the climate change bill to include these industries in the national emissions calculations.

It will be the second big concession to the environmental lobby since he has come to power.

First, he decided to raise the target for carbon emissions from 60 per cent to 80 per cent, a figure many environmental campaigners as well as the Committee on Climate Change were advocating.

On this occasion, he has decided to include the growing emitters of aviation and shipping following calls from rebel Labour MPs.

Previously, aviation and shipping were to be left out of calculations because of the difficulty in establishing what portion of their emissions should be attributed to the UK.

Friends of the Earth executive director Andy Atkins welcomed the decision.

He said: "The final piece of the jigsaw is in place. The world's first climate change law will also be a world-class climate change law."



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