MP celebrates 10th anniversary of Climate Change Act

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26 Nov 2018

Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has attended a reception in Parliament to mark the 10th anniversary of the inception of the Climate Change Act.

Margaret 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.

Margaret 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 Agreement.

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 opportunity.”