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Miliband energy plan is welcome - but will it protect poor countries?

New government plans to dramatically boost renewable energy in the UK and cut greenhouse gas emissions are extremely encouraging, says Christian Aid.

However, the development agency fears that the package announced today by Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, may not protect people in developing countries, who are already suffering the effects of climate change.

‘The government’s plans are good news for UK energy security, jobs and progress towards a low-carbon economy,’ says Christian Aid climate policy expert Alison Doig.

‘Our fear is that they will not achieve enough to help keep the global temperature rise below 2C and safeguard people in developing countries from dangerous climate change.

‘We also question whether, by aiming at cuts of only 34 per cent by 2020, the Government has shown enough ambition to inspire courageous commitments by other industrialised countries in the talks leading up to the UN climate conference in Copenhagen.’

‘If ministers are serious about leading the world on global warming, then they need to lead for everyone – not just rich countries.’

Dr Doig adds:  ‘We are concerned that carbon markets remain a central plank of government plans for achieving its carbon budget targets. This opens the door to offsetting – which is a permit to pollute, shifting the burden of our emissions reductions on to poor countries, so we can continue with business as usual.’


For more information and to arrange interviews, contact Rachel Baird on 0207 523 2446 or 07545 501 749 or rbaird@christian-aid.org

Notes to Editors:

Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve.

Christian Aid is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition - the UK's largest  group of people dedicated to action on climate change.  Eleven million strong, we are the committed supporters, campaigners, hearts, minds and voices of more than 100 organisations.

Together with faith-based development agencies in a number of other European  countries, Christian Aid has launched a new climate justice campaign called  Countdown to Copenhagen. www.christianaid.org.uk/copenhagen