At last some concrete good news from Westminster after the ructions that are no doubt still echoing around Whitehall at this stage. Amber Rudd confirmed the Fifth Carbon Budget will be at the recommended levels.
While generally this has been welcomed by most environmentalists and organisations there are still concerns that it doesn't go far enough. Lord Stern himself has said that to meet our emissions targets from COP21 we will need further more stringent standards.
For what it is worth I am pleased to see that there is some recognition that climate change is still a serious long term risk to not just the planet but our economic security. I may not agree with how Amber Rudd thinks we can get combat climate change there but I am in agreement with her view that we need to do so.
Energy secretary Amber Rudd has claimed that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union will not affect the country’s commitment to clean energy, and revealed the government’s response to the fifth carbon budget will be published as scheduled tomorrow morning. Rudd addressed an audience at the ongoing Business & Climate Summit this morning to make the statement, her appearance only confirmed late yesterday afternoon. Rudd spoke of the government’s commitment to delivering “the best outcome for the British people” following last Thursday’s vote, adding that the outcome must include “the secure, affordable, clean energy our families and businesses need”.