Christian Aid welcomes UK carbon budget pledge ahead of key climate summit

By agency reporter
July 23, 2014

Christian Aid has welcomed the UK government's decision to leave its fourth carbon budget unchanged and called for increased global leadership ahead of a crunch period for climate talks.

Alison Doig, Christian Aid's Senior Climate Change Adviser, said the decision showed the UK keeping its commitments under the climate change act.

She said: "With climate change increasingly on the global agenda keeping our commitments on carbon emissions is a very welcome step. This is just the kind of climate leadership Britain needs to be showing on the world stage. We look forward to the Prime Minister joining the US and Chinese Presidents in providing global leadership at the UN climate summit in New York in September. The meeting, hosted by UN General Secretary Ban-ki Moon, will lay the ground work for a global climate change deal next year.

"The UK's Climate Change Act, which has cross party support, shows just what can be achieved when parties work together which is the kind of positive collaboration we need to see in the lead up to next year's General Election."

The decision has already been welcomed by people in the developing world. Srinivas Krishnaswamy, CEO of Christian Aid partner organisation, The Vasudha Foundation which promotes environmental sustainability in India, said: "It is good to know that the UK Government is keeping to its commitment of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 per cent by 2050 to 1990 levels and with this announcement, it seems that they are sticking to their milestone of achieving a 50 per cent reduction in emissions to 1990 levels by 2025.

"We do hope that they are able to achieve this target and even exceed it. This would build confidence among developing countries that, economic growth can be achieved even without an increase in emissions."


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