HOUSE OF COMMONS
LONDON SW1A 0AA
Denis and Peter Walker
Our ref: SP2193
7th February 2008
Dear Denis and Peter
Thank you for your recent emails about the 60% emission reduction targets curently included in the Climate Change Bill.
I am acutely conscious that man-made climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our world today and I can assure you that Conservatives are leading Parliamentary efforts to ensure that Britain’s response to this crisis is both ambitious and effective.
Unless we ensure that man-made carbon emissions peak by 2015 and reduce steadily thereafter, we will be by then unable to prevent dangerous levels of global warming. The world cannot now avoid at least 1.5 degrees temperature increase due to the pollution already in our atmosphere, so we must be sure to provide an effective response to adaptation requirements as well as mitigation.
As you say, the Royal Society is advocating an 80% reduction on emissions by 2050 if we are to tackle climate change. It is paramount that we look at the evidence and allow the science to lead the field in setting targets and not politics. As such, I will not be signing EDM 736 calling for fixed targets at this stage. The Climate Change Bill should include measures that keep climate change within the 2°C window and by allowing the science to set the targets we are facilitating this.
As the Climate Change Bill progresses through Parliament, Conservatives will be pushing to strengthen the Bill and ensure the inclusion of measures designed to ensure global warming stays within 2 degrees Celsius.
Once again, thank you very much for writing to me.
James Duddridge MP
Tel: 01702 616135