MP celebrates 10th anniversary of Climate Change Act
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26 Nov 2018
West MP Margaret Greenwood has attended a reception in Parliament to mark the
10th anniversary of the inception of the Climate Change Act.
Greenwood, who led the successful campaign against Underground Coal
Gasification in the River Dee estuary, also used the occasion to pledge her
support for a target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Greenwood was one of 164 MPs who wrote to the Prime Minister recently to welcome the announcement that the Government has asked the Committee on
Climate Change (CCC) for advice on a net zero emissions target, with the aim of
bringing our greenhouse gas emissions reduction target in line with the Paris
MPs told the Prime Minister that a net
zero emissions target, fully implemented, will cut energy bills by improving
the efficiency of our homes and businesses, it will get rid of the exhaust pipe
emissions that pollute the air we breathe, and it will help to bring about the
restoration of our natural habitats so they become stores of carbon, from
forests to peatlands.
Margaret Greenwood said:
“The UK needs to do much more to meet the Paris agreement goal of
limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. I therefore
strongly support a target of net zero emissions by 2050.
“However, I am concerned that the government’s existing policies
are incompatible with meeting this goal. For example, it currently plans to cut
support for small scale renewables, is scaling back assistance for electric
vehicles and is promoting shale gas exploration.
“As the UN Secretary General has said, climate change is an
existential threat to humanity. We all have a part to play in tackling climate
change. I will continue to press the Government on this issue at every