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Energy and Climate Change White Paper – 15 July 2009

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) today welcomed the Government’s Energy and Climate Change White Paper which is aimed at kick-starting the shift towards a low-carbon economy. The White Paper, launched today by Secretary of State Ed Miliband, outlines measures to support increased investment in renewable electricity and cleaner transport which will, if successfully implemented, mark real progress towards meeting the CCC’s Interim Carbon Budget of a 34% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. 

Chair of the CCC, Lord Adair Turner said:

“This sends a clear signal that the future of Britain’s economy is a low-carbon one, and a clear message to world leaders that Britain is serious about negotiating an ambitious settlement at Copenhagen. It is vital that we achieve both this global commitment and support here at home for deep emissions cuts required to reduce risks of dangerous climate change. We welcome the Government’s White Paper, which is a useful step towards a detailed plan for meeting carbon budgets. It provides a good foundation for achieving dramatic emissions cuts to be made in the power sector, in buildings, transport and industry over the next five, ten and fifteen years. We will complement the White Paper with our report to Parliament in October, where we will set out what in our view are the specific measures required to meet carbon budgets