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Statement by Edward Davey at the start of the UNFCCC COP18 climate change negotiations

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Statement by Edward Davey in advance of the UNFCCC COP18 climate change negotiations in Doha, starting on Monday 26th November

Speaking in advance of the UNFCCC COP18 climate change negotiations in Doha, starting on Monday 26th November, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said:

“A global effort is needed if we are to achieve our climate goals - we need to pave the way for the new global deal while delivering more action now.

“Many developed and developing countries have already come forward with pledges under the UN framework to reduce their emissions by 2020. I want to encourage more to do so at Doha and beyond.

“The EU has led the way in calling for more ambition and in enshrining emissions reductions in law. I want to encourage it to move to a more ambitious 2020 emissions reduction target of 30%.

“Here in the UK we are driving forward our plans to move to a lower-carbon energy mix, and this week we will be publishing the Energy Bill which will enable this.

“I also want to see progress at Doha on achieving the global deal that all countries agreed to work towards in Durban last year. For the first time all countries agreed to sign up to a legally-binding deal to be adopted by 2015, and at Doha we need to agree a plan for these crucial negotiations.”

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker will both be attending the second week of the COP18 negotiations in Doha, commencing on 3rd December.