All nations at this week’s international climate change talks must leave Warsaw with a clear political understanding that a new global climate deal will be agreed in 2015, UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey told the conference today.
He said the UK will be working as part of the EU, to gain momentum for a deal with a push for 50% reduction in European emissions and also that the UK would combine with the US to end support for public-financing of new coal power stations overseas.
Davey said: “It is completely illogical for countries like the UK and the US to be de-carbonising our own energy sectors while paying for coal-fired power plants to be built in other countries.
“It undermines global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change and stores up a future financial time bomb for those countries who would have to undo their reliance on coal-fired generation in the decades ahead, as we are having to do today.”
“Like the US, the UK recognises that there will be exceptions. We need to take account of new technologies such as Carbon Capture Storage and the very poorest countries where there are no alternatives. But many developing countries will soon find solar and similar energy technologies will become cheaper not just cleaner”.