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Council Leader accepts Friends of the Earth challenge over carbon emissions

November 8, 2007 12:00 AM

Councillor John Shipley has met with Friends of the Earth at the Core Cities conference in Nottingham. FoE are challenging Councils across the UK to reduce their carbon emissions by 3% per year.

Cllr Shipley said: "The Government has not done enough to tackle climate change, the biggest issue facing humanity. Carbon emissions are still rising, and a leaked memo recently revealed that Labour are trying to water down European targets for renewable energy."

Newcastle East Parliamentary Spokesman, Cllr Stephen Psallidas continued: "In contrast to Labour's spin and floundering, the Lib Dems have a detailed plan to make the UK entirely carbon-neutral by 2050. That is, _no_ net emissions of carbon dioxide. At a local level, we will be doing everything we can to achieve this in Newcastle."