Kyoto Protocol

Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 26th January 2012.

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Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Conservative, Gosport 10:30 am, 26th January 2012

When he expects a decision to be taken on the EU target for carbon emission reductions under the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The EU must submit a target for the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol at the UN conference of parties at the end of the year in Qatar. There is a debate in the EU about whether to increase its 2020 emission reduction target from 20% to 30% from 1990 levels. The UK is a leading advocate of a 30% target.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Conservative, Gosport

The Secretary of State has publicly and consistently expressed his desire to see the EU 2020 emissions reduction target increase to 30%, but what concrete action will he take to realise that ambition?

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

We are very active on this agenda. The Secretary of State and I firmly believe that the EU should submit a 30% target in the Kyoto protocol. We are working closely with ministerial colleagues from key member states to build support for a 30% target, directly engaging the more sceptical. At the Environment Council in March, the Secretary of State will argue strongly for approval of the EU low-carbon road map, which sets out milestones for reducing emissions through to 2050.