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Gas target praised.

WALES' Environment Minister, Jane Davidson, said yesterday she is delighted with the UK Government's new target for cutting carbon emissions.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband, yesterday announced an increase in the projected 60% cuts, to 80% by 2050, in a dramatic effort to counter global warming. It made Britain the first country to make a legally binding commitment to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the middle of the century. It followed a climate change committee, chaired by Lord Turner, set up to look at how best to approach the issues.

The new target falls into line with the Welsh Assembly Government's aims.

Ms Davidson said: "I am delighted the UK Government has accepted Lord Turner's recommendations and the Climate Change Bill will be amended accordingly - this target will be binding in law.

"I also welcome the inclusion in the Secretary of State's Parliamentary statement that there will be a move to introduce feed-in tariffs for micro-generation, as an amendment to the Energy Bill."

Mr Miliband said the tariffs would guarantee prices for micro-generation projects which are able to supply electricity to the national grid.

He acknowledged independent research suggested the threat of climate change was greater than previously thought.

"Arctic sea ice has melted faster than expected," he said.

"Global emissions have grown faster and the impacts of each degree of climate change are known to be worse."

In a letter to Mr Miliband, Lord Turner said the tougher target would be "challenging but feasible" and could be achieved at a cost of 1% to 2% of GDP in 2050.

He also said a cut of 80% on 1990 levels by 2050 should cover all the major greenhouse gases - not just carbon dioxide - and all sectors of the UK economy, including shipping and aviation
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Date:Oct 17, 2008
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