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Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru


Welsh Liberal Democrats lead Assembly into cross party consensus on Copenhagen

2009 Tachwedd 18 6:45 PM

Commenting, Mick Bates AM said:

"The Copenhagen Climate Summit on December 7th is now less than 30 days away. With this key conference on the horizon, tackling climate change is high on the agenda in Wales, Westminster and Worldwide.

"There is only a small window of opportunity to stop dangerous climate change and keep global temperatures below a 2oC rise, so ambitious political leadership is crucial. Norway and Germany have lead byexample, offering a 40% emissions cut. The Scottish Government under the Climate Change Bill has set a fantastic target of reducing emissionsby 42% by 2020.

"Today Wales also had an opportunity to stand up and be counted as acountry willing to lead by example, to do all it can to demonstratewilling to secure a legally binding deal that recognises the right scaleof contribution needed.

"I am delighted that the Welsh Government, lead by the Welsh LiberalDemocrats, has reached a cross party consensus today to reduce emissionsby 40% by 2020 against the 1990 baseline, and to encourage othergovernments to do the same.

"I will be writing to Gordon Brown to highlight the clear message thissends that Wales is committed as a nation to agree a vital new globaldeal to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change and wehope the Prime Minister will carry this message forward to Copenhagen."