Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Louise Ellman Louise Ellman Chair, Transport Committee, Chair, Transport Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions the Prime Minister has had with his foreign counterparts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in advance of the 2015 UN Climate Conference in Paris.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, have both recently engaged with their counterparts in other countries.

Alongside other G7 leaders, the Prime Minister called for priority to be given to delivering an ambitious climate package at this year’s UN Conference of the Parties and the communique included strong language on the need for a deal in Paris, on finance and on future ambition. The clear endorsement by G7 leaders has helped provide positive momentum. And the Secretary of State has also met her international counterparts to discuss the key issues for the Conference in Paris both at the Petersburg Dialogue in Berlin, at the G7 Climate Ministers meeting and more recently at European Environment Council.

We will continue to take every opportunity to engage with our foreign counterparts to press for an agreement that is ambitious, with regular reviews to further increase ambition and with effective rules to allow us to track progress.

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