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22 May 2009 03:05:08

UK emissions targets debated by Lords



UK emissions targets debated by Lords
The UK's rising population will necessitate large-scale social changes if the country is to meet its 2050 greenhouse gas emissions deadlines.

That was one of the issues raised in a discussion on the targets and what must be done to reach them in the House of Lords yesterday (May 21st).

Lord Dixon-Smith introduced the debate, claiming that the UK population will stand at 80 million by 2050.

As a result of this, the Tory peer suggested that the nation's rising energy bill will "negate much of what we hope to achieve through better fuel economy in what we are doing today".

"The decision of the Committee on Climate Change to raise the target for greenhouse gas emission reduction to 80 percent by 2050 - a very neat movement in the goalposts - will require a much more focused approach than we have at present," he said.

Lord Dixon-Smith also called for the "essential industries", such as agriculture, to take up the majority of "the 20 percent that is left for greenhouse gas emissions after 2050".

Discussing the various renewable energy schemes on the horizon, he warned that the UK must not wait until 2030, by which point interim targets must be met, to find out whether or not current-day proposals are realistic in tackling climate change.

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