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UCL in the News: Party climate targets 'lacking'

25 April 2007

A leading climatologist has accused all of Wales' main political parties of lacking ambition on combating greenhouse gas emissions.

Professor Mark Maslin [UCL Geography] said many targets in their assembly election manifestos were below those of central government.

He warned Wales could be "left behind" on tackling global warming despite having "several natural advantages". …

Professor Maslin, who was commissioned by BBC Wales to examine the four main parties' manifesto pledges, said that some of the parties appear to be unaware of the targets being set at a UK level for cutting CO2 emissions.

"They're in danger of being left behind with these pledges," he said.

"I think the parties could go much further... particularly as all the parties are very keen on renewable technologies like wind and tidal power, which are perfect for Wales." …

"From the manifestos, it seems to me that the parties are avoiding some big problems like - how do you deal with business and transport which make up a large proportion of the emissions," he said.

"You need to set targets that match or go beyond central government and you need to show how you will achieve them.

 "It's important to set higher targets because historically, governments fall short of them - if you set yourself an ambitious aim, then have a range of policies to achieve it - some will work, some will not, it's a fact of political life." …

BBC News