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The Queen’s Speeech and the Climate Change Bill

by Mel Starrs on November 15, 2006

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The Queen’s speech is now online here and the Climate Change Bill is on her list:

My Government will publish a Bill on climate change as part of its policy to protect the environment, consistent with the need to secure long-term energy supplies.

Other interesting bills include:

A draft Bill will be published to tackle road congestion and to improve public transport.
My Government will publish proposals to reform the planning system.

A copy of the Climate Change Bill as it currently stands can be found here (pdf). It sets out in schedule 2 the government targets relating to climate change:

  1. Domestic energy efficiency to improve by 20 per cent from 2010 levels by 2020.
  2. Non-domestic energy efficiency to improve by 7.9 MtC by 2010, and by a further 4.0 MtC by 2020.
  3. Ten per cent of electricity to be generated from renewable resources by 2010, and 20 per cent by 2020.
  4. The strategy published in pursuance of section 82 of the Energy Act 2004 (microgeneration) to be implemented.
  5. Ten gigawatts of combined heat and power to be generated by 2010.
  6. 5.75 per cent of transport fuel to be produced from renewable resources by 2010.

Green Building are reporting that FOE are happy with the intent of the Bill but that:

it must require annual cuts in UK carbon dioxide emissions.

All in all it is a victory for Friends of the Earth and the green lobby in general.