KYOTO: PROGRESS TOWARDS ACHIEVING THE
COMMUNITY'S TARGET (15912/05)
Letter from the Chairman to Elliot Morley
MP, Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum of
24 January 2006 which Sub Committee D (Environment and Agriculture)
considered at its meeting today.
The Committee welcomes the Report on progress
towards achieving the Community's Kyoto target and recognises
the key importance of the Kyoto targets in regulating climate
change and averting environmental disaster.
In our report "The EU and Climate Change"
(HL Paper 179-1, 30th Report, Session 2003-04), the Committee
concluded that the Protocol provides a good initial framework
for taking global action to combat climate change, and that the
EU's climate change policy provides a good example of how nations
can be encouraged to work together on important and controversial
issues. In this respect we share the Government's concern that
the EU should not rely on over-compliance by some Member States
to ensure its overall target is met. Instead, all Member States
must strive to meet and exceed their targets if the burden sharing
agreement is to be successful.
The Committee decided to clear the report from
16 February 2006