To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with the Government of Sweden climate change targets beyond the European Union's target of a 20 per cent cut in emissions, should the United States and other countries introduce stronger targets. [HL3201]
As part of the EU climate and energy package, agreed in December 2008, the EU is committed to increasing its emissions reduction target for 2020 from 20 per cent to 30 per cent as part of a global agreement for the period beyond 2012, provided that other developed countries commit to comparable targets and that developing countries contribute adequately according to their responsibilities and respective capabilities. Government Ministers meet regularly with their counterparts in other EU member states, including Sweden, to discuss climate change matters.
There are as yet no definite plans for a visit to the Commission for Sustainable Development in Stockholm. However, the UK Government continue to discuss the UNFCCC climate change negotiations and EU efforts with Sweden and other EU member states through formal and informal meetings, at both ministerial and official level. My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is due to hold a bilateral meeting with the Swedish Environment Minister later in May ahead of the Swedish presidency.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the United Kingdom and other European Union member states of the Government of Sweden's announcement in early March that they would aim at a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. [HL3204]
The UK Government welcomed the Swedish Energy and Climate package announced on 5 February as an ambitious proposal which effectively places Sweden firmly as a world leader on climate change. Such strong ambition from the upcoming holder of the EU presidency enhances the credibility of the EU as a leader in international negotiations and will help encourage comparable action from international partners. The UK continues to work towards its target of 34 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050.
The UK Government welcomed the Swedish Energy and Climate package announced on 5 February as an ambitious proposal which effectively places Sweden firmly as a world leader on climate change. The UK continues to demonstrate its ambition and leadership through the Climate Change Act which made the UK the first country in the world to have a legally binding long-term framework to cut emissions, adapt to climate change, and commit to a low-carbon economy. The Act contains some of the world's most ambitious and far-sighted climate change targets.