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Christian Aid applauds Conservative commitment on coal

Christian Aid welcomes the announcement by David Cameron of an Emissions Performance Standard that would rule out the building of dirty coal-fired power stations in the UK.

Eliot Whittington, Christian Aid’s senior climate change adviser said: 'Coal has contributed up to half the CO2 in the atmosphere. It is highly irresponsible of the government not to rule out the building of coal-fired power stations until proven carbon capture technology is available.

Until then, such power stations will exacerbate the devastating impacts of climate change, which are already being borne by the world’s poorest people.

'David Cameron has put the Conservative party clearly in the lead on this issue, at a time when the Government is weakening its own Climate Change Bill. We encourage the Conservatives to go one step further and join NGOs and business in supporting the retention of requirements within the Bill for companies to report on their carbon emissions.'

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For more information, contact Rachel Baird on 0207 523 2446 or rbaird@christian-aid.org

Notes to Editors:

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