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Government could do more to cut emissions - report

GREENHOUSE GAS emission reduction targets will be hard to meet in the UK, a House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee claimed last week.

Cuts in carbon dioxide production will not be delivered unless the Government introduces new legislation and dramatically raises the issue's profile, the committee claims.

Although in 1997 the Government committed to cutting emissions to 20% below 1990 levels in the next 20 years by signing an international Kyoto Protocol agreement, MPs say it is not giving climate change a high enough profile.

To achieve the targets, the Government 'must provide a clear signal to individuals and industry alike of the need fundamentally to change practices and behaviour' the committee states.

The Climate Change Levy, coming into effect in April 2000, and which will tax sources of pollution, is 'complex and cumbersome', says the report and will 'result in relatively modest emissions reduction'.

The committee calls for policies to accelerate renewable energy generation and the development of efficient, gas-fired combined heat and power plants.

The draft UK climate change programme is available from the DETR, tel (0870) 1226 236.

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