07 Oct 2008 05:10:42
UK emissions reduction target should be 80%
UK carbon emissions must be cut by 80 per cent by 2050, according to the Committee of Climate Change (CCC).
The watchdog, set up by the Climate Change Bill, sent a letter to Ed Miliband, secretary of state for the newly formed Department of Energy and Climate Change, urging him to revise the current target of 60 per cent.
According to the CCC, the target is achievable and would cost between one and two per cent of gross domestic product in 2050.
The report points out a variety of measures that will need to be taken to meet the target, among them the "decarbonisation of the power sector".
Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, the committee chairman, told the Guardian: "We have to almost totally decarbonise the power sector by 2030, well before 2050."
Mr Miliband said that urgent action was necessary and that the government must be "guided by experts".
Scotland has already adopted the higher 80 per cent target and at his Labour party conference speech Gordon Brown hinted he was willing to consider the suggestion.
The report also claims emissions can be cut by making energy efficiency improvements in buildings, decarbonising the transport and heat sectors as well as industry.http://www.theccc.org.uk/