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Climate change framework urged


ENGINEERS and architects have this week called on government set the pace on climate change after the G8 summit failed to agree a plan on greenhouse gas reductions.

ICE President Colin Clinton, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers president Donald Leeper and Royal Institute of British Architects president George Ferguson have written to prime minister Tony Blair calling for more decisive action.

Their joint letter urges the government to:

work towards a target based, global climate-change policy;

develop a policy framework that will force UK industry to invest in low-carbon technology;

help UK firms to export skills and knowledge generated through early adoption of low carbon technology.

The joint letter follows last week's G8 summit in Gleneagles where the only advance on climate change was a US admission that it exists and is caused by the burning of fossil fuels, and that new technologies must play a central role in reducing emissions.

Friends of the Earth said that the UK must now seize the opportunity to shape global climate change policy during its six month presidency of the European Union, which began this month.

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