Friday, 10 July 2009

David Williams welcomes a historic climate agreement

David Williams has welcomed the agreement on climate change reached by G8 leaders in Italy.

On the first day of the G8 summit in L'Aquila, leaders have reached an agreement to cap global temperature rises by two degrees Celsius and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The deal paves the way for a global agreement to be made at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December.

The Prime Minister hopes to secure a similar agreement from the "plus five" group of emerging economies, including China and India, today.

Gordon Brown said, "For the first time, the G8 has agreed what I believe are vital decisions that take us on the road to Copenhagen and change the way we look at energy policy in the future."

Labour has made Britain a world leader in meeting the challenges of climate change and energy security, putting in place the world's first legally-binding carbon targets and by investing to make Britain a global leader in low carbon industries.

At the end of June, Labour published ‘The Road to Copenhagen' - Labour's vision for what the deal we aim to reach in December should include. We will be arguing for ambitious action and a deal that every country signs up to.

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