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Regional action on climate change will be critical in delivering the tough emission targets recommended by the Committee on Climate Change, said Welsh Minister for the Environment, Jane Davidson today. She cited a recent UNDP report which found that 80% of action on climate change happens below nation-state level. Davidson recently urged delegates at the U.N’s climate change conference in Poznan to acknowledge the potential of regional action. Davidson was speaking alongside David Kennedy, the CCC’s Chief Executive, at the Welsh launch of the CCC’s report, which she described as “hugely significant”.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has been asked by the Government to conduct a review into aviation in the UK to ensure that emissions are limited to below 2005 levels in 2050. This follows on from the Government’s announcement today that it is giving the go ahead for a third runway to be built at Heathrow Airport.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) today urged the Government to commit unilaterally to reducing emissions of all greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the UK by at least 34% in 2020 relative to 1990 levels (21% relative to 2005). This should be increased to 42% relative to 1990 (31% relative to 2005) once a global deal to reduce emissions is achieved. The CCC says meeting these targets is necessary to contain the threat of climate change.