UK – Historic climate change deal with legal powers agreed by Cabinet

Chris Huhne will announce a long-term programme that will put Britain at the forefront of the battle against climate change

UK Climate Change Deal

Ministers believe that commitment to wind power and other green energy sources will attract investment to Britain. Photograph: Graeme Robertson

From the, 2011-05-14: Cabinet ministers have agreed a far-reaching, legally binding “green deal” that will commit the UK to two decades of drastic cuts in carbon emissions. The package will require sweeping changes to domestic life, transport and business and will place Britain at the forefront of the global battle against climate change. … The deal puts the UK ahead of any other state in terms of the legal commitments it is making in the battle to curb greenhouse gases. …

The new budget puts the government on target to meet a reduction by 2050 of 80% of carbon emissions compared with 1990 levels …

Ministers believe that major companies involved in developing offshore wind technology – such as Siemens, Vestas and General Electric – will now be keener to invest in Britain, knowing it is committed to a huge expansion in renewable energy. It is also hoped that the commitment to renewable energy – the committee says 40% of the UK’s power should come from wind, wave and tide sources by 2030 – will stimulate new industries.

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6 Responses to UK – Historic climate change deal with legal powers agreed by Cabinet

  1. brookmeakins says:

    Thanks for the post- just found out about this. Great work and let’s hope other countries follow! -Brook at

    • Alan Burke says:

      What a beautiful and thought provoking website you have! I’ll visit often.

      • brookmeakins says:

        Thanks Alan! Working on a flood post at the moment so you’ll have to check back soon. Thanks for your words and also for your commitment to “fighting the good fight” as a part of a team effort to bring about change. I’ll gladly join in that effort with you. Please let me know if I can ever be of service!

  2. smlong says:

    Why can Germany run on such a large percentage of alternative energies, and Britain commit to more wind power when the people of north american sneer at such “ineffiecient and costly” alternatives?

    • Alan Burke says:

      Part of the reason is that North Americans are under the sway of a protectionist ideologically-driven political right wing who have bought into the very disturbing but persuasive lobbying of the Merchants of Doubt. They have raised a false perspective about the costs of taking action, exaggerating them, while ignoring the much worse cost later of inaction and the benefits of migration to sustainability.

  3. Alan Burke says:

    Follow-on today [2011-05-17] from the Guardian:

    Coalition’s climate battle is both victory gained and disaster averted

    The UK government’s acceptance of ambitious and binding carbon cuts for the next 20 years is a political win, but there should never have been a fight in the first place

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