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Emissions target not meaningful, says former energy secretary

The agreement by members of the world’s leading economies to phase out fossil-fuel emissions this century does not move far enough fast enough, according to former energy secretary Ed Davey.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 9 June, Davey, who served as secretary of state for energy and climate change between 2012 and 2015, said that the G7 announcement was historic, but that action on emissions was needed on a much shorter timescale. 

“I don’t think climate science says we’ve got that long [until the end of the century]: I think we have to move further and faster,” Davey said. He said he was “not sure how meaningful” targets for 85 years away were, and that he thought they would give some countries an excuse for inaction "when we’ve got to be acting now”.

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