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Defra launches Climate Change Plan

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a Climate Change Plan which sets out how the Government will help to reduce emissions in the UK, including emissions from the waste sector, to help tackle climate change.

The Government aims to reduce emissions from the waste sector by:

·         Working with industry and consumers to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste produced;

·         Making it harder to send biodegradable waste to landfill, and promoting alternatives such as recycling and energy generation from waste; and

·         Capturing more methane from landfill sites.

Environment secretary Hilary Benn said: These plans demonstrate how each individual department will work to reduce emissions and adapt their own estates, operations and policies.

There can be no mistaking that some climate change is inevitable, and we will need to adjust the way we live our lives to meet these new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities where possible. These plans are by no means the final word, but are a step towards the low-carbon, well-adapted society that we need.

Energy and climate change minister Joan Ruddock said: The overwhelming scientific evidence shows that human-induced climate change poses a huge threat to the world and we must recognise the challenge this presents to all aspects of our economy and daily activities. These plans show the Governments commitment to reducing emissions, increasing energy efficiency and providing greater opportunities in the low-carbon economy.

The UK is a leader in international efforts to tackle the challenges of climate change. By linking each departments primary objectives to the challenges posed by climate change, the Government will lead by example.

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