Question to the Sec of State for Energy, sent by email from the government website on 11 April 2013.
Dear Secretary of State,
The government's statement on the agenda for the UK presidency of the G8 in 2013 makes no mention of the need to increase the pace of the changeover to low carbon energy production worldwide, yet scientists predict that significant progress needs to be made within four years if global temperatures are not to rise by more than 2 degrees.
I am sorry to read* that despite the Prime Minister's wish to lead the greenest UK government ever, the attempts by Germany and France to put climate change on the G8 agenda have been blocked by the UK.
I would be grateful if you could explain the thinking behind this decision, and in particular whether you see the G8 as an inappropriate forum; or consider that the need to address climate change urgently is exaggerated.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I had the following reply on 1 May 2013:
Dear Mr Ray-Jones
Thank you for your email to the Secretary of State about climate change. I have been asked to reply.
As part of our Presidency of the G8, Foreign Ministers met on the 10-11 April this year and recognised in their communiqué that climate change remains a key global challenge which, if not controlled, will have dramatic consequences not only on the environment but also on economic prosperity. The G8 agreed to consider means to better respond to this challenge and its associated risks, recalling that international climate policy and sustainable economic development are mutually reinforcing.
Ministers recognised the ambitious measures already undertaken to reduce greenhouse gases, noting action needs to continue and intensify as a matter of urgency. Ministers remain committed to long term efforts with a view to contributing to the global goal of limiting the increase in global average temperatures to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
Darwin McIntosh | Correspondence
Department of Energy and Climate Change | 5th Floor | 3 Whitehall Place | London | SW1A 2EY
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