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12th July 2019, 18:59

Climate change bill setting targets, published in Parliament

In Parliament, a bill was published setting targets for Gibraltar's commitment to tackle Climate Change. Environment Minister John Cortes has brought forward the ultimate target to reduce greenhouse emissions by 100 percent from 2050 to 2045, with an interim reduction target of 42 percent set to 2030.

The bill establishes a climate change committee which will possibly include international experts, and gives Ministers powers to impose climate change duties on public bodies. It also introduces incentive schemes for households to reduce waste, and holds officials to provide periodical progress reports.

The bill was supported by Opposition MPs, but Together Gibraltar leader Marlene Hassan Nahon said it was riddled with get-out clauses and ambiguity, although she said it was better than not having a climate change bill at all.