Dr Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, today introduced his ‘Climate Change (Commercial and Public Services Sectors)’ Bill under the ten minute rule which aimed to complete the policy picture with regards to the lowering of CO2 emissions in the UK.
Dr Whitehead was keen to use this opportunity to illustrate that the commercial and public sectors required stringent targets to halt climate change by reducing CO2 emissions by 10% by 2010 compared with 2005, and then by an additional 10% in 2020. This is particularly relevant at a time when the UK looks set to undershoot its own domestic target, of a 20% reduction by 2020, by 6%.
A broad coalition of organisations have today welcomed local MP, Bob Spink’s support in Parliament for a Bill to reduce Carbon Emissions from offices.
The MP for Castle Point is one of nearly 200 MPs who have signed a Commons Motion (EDM 2378) supporting the Climate Change (Commercial and Public Services Sector) Bill.
This sector has the fastest growing energy use apart from aviation. With the proliferation of computers and other electronics, its use of electricity, which has a particularly high carbon footprint, is projected to increase by nearly 45% from 1990 to 2020.
The Bill will set legally binding targets for reducing energy usage in the commercial sector and further targets for energy production from renewable sources, Combined Heat and Power and microgeneration.
David Lepper, Labour and Co-operative MP for Brighton Pavilion, has told Friends of the Earth campaigners that he does not believe nuclear power is the answer to the country’s long-term energy needs.
In an open letter to Friends of the Earth David apologises for not being able to speak at the group’s public meeting in Brighton and Hove on Thursday 29 June and writes:
“…while I think it is right that proper consideration should be given to nuclear power, my own view is that it does not provide the answer, stores up immense problems for the future in terms of storage of nuclear waste and offers additional targets for terrorist attack. Reliance on it for energy supply would also be likely to divert attention from the continuing need for research into and support for genuine forms of renewable energy.”
Locally, David Lepper says, park and ride must eventually be part of traffic planning to cut congestion and pollution in city centre areas.
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