The draft legislation, which could see Britain become the first country to set legally binding carbon reduction targets, is out for consultation providing an opportunity for key stakeholders to examine the proposals.
The government plans include:
- Targets to reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2050, from 1990 levels, and between 26% and 32% by 2020
- Establishing an independent advisory Committee on Climate Change
- Powers which specifically allow government to introduce new emissions trading schemes
- Greater energy efficiency, with more consumers becoming "producers" of their own energy at home
- Investment in low-carbon fuels and technologies, such as carbon capture and storage, wind, wave and solar power
- Carbon "budgets" - which cap emissions levels - set every five years
- The government reporting annually to Parliament on its progress in controlling emissions
The bill outlines carbon reduction targets, but does not specify what policies and measures are needed to help acheive this.
The Climate Change bill follows hot on the heels of the Stern Review and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which concluded that if we do not take action within the next five years the impact of climate change will be out of our control.
The issue of climate change is here to stay and will have an impact on all elements of the community from businesses to residents. Consultation on the draft bill is an opportunity for those who want to help shape the policies that will determine how we respond to climate change.
The consultation period ends on 12 June 2007. To respond please follow the link below for a copy of the bill and a consultation response form. http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/climatechange-bill/index.htm
Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership will be responding on behalf of its members.
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