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Carbon Emissions

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with international counterparts on securing agreement on a level of current carbon dioxide emissions to be used as a baseline for targets on emission reductions in the future. (207139)

This issue is on the agenda for the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Co-operative Action (AWG LCA) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It will be discussed at a workshop on a ‘shared vision, including a long term goal’ at the 14th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC (COP14) to be held in Poznan in December of this year.

In addition ministerial colleagues and I have taken part in several other discussions on a long term goal (i.e. a level of current greenhouse gas emissions to be used as a baseline for targets on emission reductions in the future), through international fora and bilateral discussions..

In particular, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has just returned from the G8 Environment Ministers’ meeting in Japan, where Ministers underlined the need to reach agreement on a shared vision of a long-term goal at this year’s G8 Summit, building on the commitment made last year to seriously consider reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least half by 2050.