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Monday, 30 November 2009

Blair's climate change advisor voices doubts over Copenhagen

The expert who advises Tony Blair on climate change has voiced pessimism about the chances of a legally-binding treaty emerging from next month's UN summit in Copenhagen. Mark Kenber said, however, there was "no reason" why EU leaders and heads of state could not agree on emission-reduction targets and finance to help developing countries deal with global warming. Kenber, policy director at the international business and governmental NGO, the Climate Group, said, "On environmental grounds, the case is clear." He hopes the EU will go beyond its commitment to cutting CO2 emissions by 20% by the end of the next decade. He believes the EU should pledge to cut emissions by 30% by 2020. He also said that 80% of the technology needed to help achieve the targets by 2020 was "already in place". Kenber, who has worked closely with Blair, the former UK prime minister, for the past two years on a joint initiative on climate change, said it was "generally accepted" that a legally-binding deal is unlikely to come out of Copenhagen.

Source: The Parliament