Britain to pledge legally-binding 80 per cent emissions cut

Britain is to sign up to a legally-binding pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband has announced.

The move makes the UK the first country in the world to commit to such swingeing cuts in the production of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming.

It comes after the Government-appointed climate change committee chaired by Lord Turner last week recommended that the UK raise its target from 60 per cent to 80 per cent cuts in emissions compared to 1990 levels, covering all sectors of the economy, including shipping and aviation.

In his first statement to the House of Commons in his new role, Miliband told MPs: "The Government accepts all of the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change. We will amend the Climate Change Bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, and that target will be binding in law."

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