'Ambitious' plan on carbon after Commons recess

27th June 2017
'Ambitious' plan on carbon after Commons recess
'Ambitious' plan on carbon after Commons recess

The Government's long-awaited Carbon Reduction Plan will be published after the Commons' summer recess, the new Climate Change Minister Claire Perry told MPs.

"My intention is to publish the clean growth plan when Parliament returns from the summer recess, and I look forward to cross-party discussion and hopefully consensus on a hugely important document, both for Britain's domestic future and our international leadership," she said. MPs return to the Commons on September 5.

Perry, who replaced Nick Hurd, said she wanted the plan to be "as ambitious, robust and clear a blueprint as it can be, so that we can actually continue to deliver on this hugely vital piece of domestic and international policy".

The plan will set out how the UK will fulfil its commitments under the Climate Change Act into the 2030s. It is likely to set out politically difficult options for heat such as a focus on heat pumps or using hydrogen instead of natural gas.

Perry attributed the year's delay in publishing the plan to the Brexit vote, the election and the US's withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

She said during energy questions that since her appointment she had been "incredibly impressed" by the progress that the United Kingdom had made in meeting its own climate emissions targets and in exercising international leadership.

Challenged by the Sheffield Labour MP Paul Blomfield, she said that, as the proud MP for the constituency that had Britain's leading carbon capture and storage research facility, he should welcome the progress successive governments had made.

The minister told Labour's spokesman Dr Alan Whitehead she was taking time over the plan "to ensure that this report exceeds his expectations".


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