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"Because it matters that people take personal responsibility themselves, we want all individuals and all businesses to join us and build a shared national purpose to make Britain a world leader in tackling climate change." Gordon Brown, June 24 2007 / Inspiring Quotes 5

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2009

  • UK climate projections: a wake-up call on the need to urgently slash emissions, FoE, June 18 [1]
  • Car scrappage scheme's lack of green criteria slammed by FoE, May 18 [2] "...unlike some other countries, the UK scheme doesn't prevent motorists part-exchanging an old small model for a brand new gas guzzler." The Government admits that the scheme "was not designed as a green measure."
  • Greenpeace hails 'signs of climate leadership' at last, but huge risks mean campaign continues, April 23 [3]
  • Government has merely applied a sticking plaster to a low-carbon industry on life support. Legally-binding short-term emissions targets too weak, FoE, April 22 [4]


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2009

  • Scottish Government's world-leading legislation to tackle climate change passed by MSPs. The Bill sets a target of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, including emissions from international aviation and shipping. It also sets an interim target for a 42 per cent cut in emissions by 2020, June 25 [5] place
  • Government opens consultation on guidance aimed at helping organisations to manage and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, June 5 [7] The guidance is due to be published by early October 2009. This guidance is voluntary but by 6 April 2012 the government must introduce regulations requiring the mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions or explain why this has not happened.
  • Albert Basin and Elephant and Castle, (London), selected for newly launched climate positive development program, May 19 [8] topic
  • UK sets first three ‘carbon budgets’: to reduce emissions to at least 34% below 1990 emissions by 2022, at least 28% below by 2017 and at least 22% below by 2012, April 22 [9] According to Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband: “ We are on course to meet the first carbon budget, a 22% cut by the end of 2012 compared to 1990."
  • Government to set legally-binding 2020 climate targets as part of its Budget announcement this week (Wednesday 22 April), April 20 [10]

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References

  1. Friends of the Earth, June 188, 2009
  2. Friends of the Earth, May 18, 2009
  3. Greenpeace , April 23, 2009
  4. Friends of the Earth, April 22, 2009
  5. The Scottish Government, June 25, 2009
  6. Friends of the Earth, June 25,2009
  7. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, June 5, 2009
  8. Greater London Authority, May 19, 2009
  9. Department of Energy and Climate Change, April 22, 2009
  10. Friends of the Earth, April 20. 2009

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