Huhne backs ‘clear’ domestic carbon cutting laws

UK energy and climate change minister Chris Huhne has given his backing to a study looking at climate change regulations in 16 of the world's largest economies.

The work, by the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE), was released earlier this week ahead of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) in Abu Dhabi.

Finding from the report reveal current legislation does not yet, cumulatively, add up to ‘what is necessary’ to avoid dangerous climate change.

However, it also states legislation is ‘putting in place’ the legal and policy frameworks to measure, report, verify and manage carbon.

It also reveals most of the legislative activity has taken place over the last year and a half – contrasting sharply with the difficulties experienced by the international negotiations over the same timeframe.

UK energy and climate change secretary, Chris Huhne, said: “Low carbon investment needs clear domestic law as well as a comprehensive global agreement.

“Under the UK’s Climate Change Act, we are transforming the way we live and work to cut carbon, save energy and support jobs and green growth.

“The report by GLOBE and LSE demonstrates that many other countries are also putting in place the legal frameworks and low carbon development plans to tackle climate change.”

The report can be viewed by clicking here.

Luke Walsh

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