Kyoto Protocol

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th November 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the level of emissions reduction that will be needed after the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Minister of State (Environment and Agri-Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The EU Environment Council has stated that to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system, overall global temperatures should not exceed 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, with a carbon dioxide stabilisation level below 550ppm. To be on track for this goal, the UK considers that developed countries will need to make a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 20 per cent. by 2020 and 60 per cent. by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels), as outlined in the Government's Energy White Paper of 2003. The UK has therefore set itself on a path to achieve these reductions domestically.

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