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UK pushes ahead with climate change goals in 2009

8 Jan 2009

Strong progress in climate change was made in 2008, but 2009 will be the critical year, according to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change.

According to Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband, 2008 was an historic year for tackling the challenges of developing a low-carbon economy and combating climate change, thanks to the agreement on European energy and emission targets and the approval of the Climate Change Act.

‘We have seen significant progress during 2008 in our goals of developing secure, affordable and clean energy, and tackling the threat of global warming. In 2009, the world will meet again to agree a new international deal on climate change, while in the UK we will be laying out the groundwork for long-term energy efficiency improvements and carbon reduction measures. Strong energy and climate progress in 2008 – but 2009 is crunch year for climate change,’ he said.

2008 saw the introduction of the Climate Change Act as well as the Energy and Planning Acts which serve to reduce carbon emissions, remove barriers to industry to invest in new infrastructure and offer financial incentives to householders.

In addition, the UK Government was involved in European negotiations towards a 2020 package and began Phase II of the European Emission Trading Scheme.

According to a statement, the UK also usurped Denmark to become the world’s number one for wind farms built offshore.

Looking ahead, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband signed a £250m agreement with Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company which will see the development of renewable energy. The Government also plans to go ahead with a full roll-out of smart meters for both electricity and gas meters and increase funding to fuel poverty programmes.

Finally, the Government launched the Act on CO2 Carbon Calculator to encourage people who wanted to cut their own carbon footprint.

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