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19 October 2009

Stevenson Backs Campaign For EU To Adopt Scottish Climate Change Targets

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has lent his support to the World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) campaign for the EU to adopt Scotland's world leading climate change targets at the coming Copenhagen climate change summit. During the SNP conference in Inverness, Mr Stevenson spoke in a debate on the Copenhagen conference before backing the WWF's call for the EU to adopt Scotland's target of a 42% carbon emission reduction by 2020.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

"I was extremely proud when the Scottish Parliament passed ambitious climate change legislation that puts us at the forefront of worldwide efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Scotland now has tougher targets than any other part of the world.

"However, Scotland alone cannot win the fight against climate change and I sincerely hope that other countries in the EU will follow our example and adopt similar carbon emission reduction targets. That is why I am happy to back the WWF's campaign ahead of the Copenhagen Conference.

"Copenhagen is a massive opportunity for the world to step up and take action on climate change. The UK Government is currently trying to stop the Scottish Government being part of the delegation, but one way or another the Scottish Government will be there to make our voice heard and tell other countries about the world leading targets we have adopted."
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