Huhne calls more ambitious European energy policy

27 May 2010
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EU Flag The British government has said it is in favour of adopting a more ambitious energy policy across Europe.

Chris Huhne, the energy and climate change secretary, said securing an ambitious deal on tackling climate change is a priority for the government.

This, he stated, means the UK will push for the European Union to "demonstrate leadership" and raise its target on cutting carbon emissions.

Mr Huhne was speaking after the European Commission said the decision on whether to raise the carbon reduction target for 2020 would be taken by EU leaders when the "timing and conditions are right".

The existing target is to reduce carbon emissions on 1990 levels by 20 per cent over this decade, but the commission this week highlighted the advantages of revising this figure to 30 per cent.

Meanwhile, a UK government spokesman has told the London Evening Standard it is too early to say whether Britain will take unilateral action on cutting carbon emissions.

"This is going to require discussions at EU level to reach a common position," he said.
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