Monday, May 12, 2008

Climate change chief says optimistic

Mon May 12 - LONDON (Reuters) - Adair Turner, the head of the new Climate Change Committee, sees some tough times ahead guiding the government towards legal carbon reduction goals but says he is quietly confident of success.

The committee that will become a legal entity when the Climate Change Bill becomes law later this year will have to decide what cuts should be achieved by 2050, set five-year carbon budgets and monitor government progress annually.

"A lot of the progress we have made in reducing carbon dioxide emissions so far has been down to circumstances -- the end of the deindustrialisation of Britain in 1990 and the dash for gas replacing coal in power generation," he said. More >>>