Ed Miliband calls for law to make CO2 targets legally binding

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Ed Miliband has called for parliament to enact a law to make the carbon emissions target agreed at the Paris climate talks legally binding.

The former labour leader has assembled a group of cross party MPs and campaigners alongside Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, Green MP Caroline Lucas and two Conservative MPs.

The group has called for legislation that would significantly extend the present UK target of cutting emissions by 80% by 2050.

Mr Milliband made the announcement in a letter published by the Guardian, where he calls for the British government to take the lead by drawing up plans for a new law, with an implementation date set by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), an independent body which advises the UK government and was established under the Climate Change Act 2008.

Miliband has also gained support from Tory MPs Dan Poulter and Graham Stuart, as well as the NGOs Christian Aid, ClientEarth, ShareAction, Sandbag and WWF.

In his letter, Miliband states:

“The UK government deserves significant credit for having helped deliver the Paris agreement. Now we urge it to follow up its high ambition internationally, with high ambition here at home.

“Specifically, it can build on the momentum from Paris by supporting the idea of enshrining net zero emissions in UK domestic law, with the date to be advised by the independent Committee on Climate Change.

“Just as the 2008 UK Climate Change Act, prompted by business and civil society, and passed with all-party support, sent a signal to the world, so we would do so again.”

Photo Credit: allispossible.org.uk from Flickr.

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