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UK Climate Change Programme, Annual Report to Parliament, 2008

Published July 2008

The UK's Secretary of State for Environment produced this report. The foreward states,

"So what are we doing to make a difference? Firstly, we are seeking an international agreement for the period after the current Kyoto Protocol expires. We are doing this by playing a leading role internationally particularly through the European Union, G8 and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes. Climate change is now an issue right at the top of the agenda for international bodies such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Last year, saw an historic breakthrough agreement at the UNFCCC meeting in Bali last December. Due to the efforts of all those involved, not least those present through hours of negotiations, a ground breaking Action Plan for achieving a global climate deal by the end of
2009 was agreed.

We are also working nationally to reduce emissions. The UK is still on course to almost double our 12.5% Kyoto Greenhouse Gas target. The initial estimates for 2007 showed UK greenhouse gas emissions at 639.4 million tonnes - 2% below the figures for 2006.

A key part of our strategy for reducing emissions has been to put in place the legislative framework to deliver a low carbon economy. In November 2007, we introduced the Climate Change Bill into Parliament. The Bill is the first of its kind in any country. It creates a clear and credible long-term legal framework to move the UK towards a low carbon economy, providing greater clarity and confidence for businesses and individuals to plan and invest in delivering the changes needed. It establishes a new independent Committee on Climate Change which will play a crucial role in the UK's efforts to tackle climate change by providing expert advice on how the UK can best achieve its climate change goals. The Bill also puts climate change adaptation on a statutory footing for the first time."

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