UK government commits to fight against climate change with new ‘carbon budget’ target
30 June 2016
CAFOD has welcomed the UK government’s announcement of a new carbon budget to help to tackle climate change.
The target commits the UK to a 57% cut in carbon emissions by the year 2030 compared to levels from 1990. Carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of the climate change which is hitting the world’s poorest people the hardest.
The decision comes on the same day that Department for Energy and Climate Change released figures showing that, in the first three months of 2016, more than 25% of electricity generated in the UK came from renewable sources. CAFOD supporters have been campaigning for the government to support renewable energy in the UK and overseas.
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Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy at CAFOD, said:
“We commend the UK government for standing firm in its resolve to cut carbon emissions. Pope Francis’ message to care for our common home and rethink the way the world develops is clearly being heard at the highest levels.
“CAFOD supporters should be encouraged that the government is listening to their voices. From persuading party leaders to make commitments on clean energy, to securing the UN climate change agreement in Paris, they have played an important part in creating the momentum for action on climate change.”