In the leaked briefing Baker and his officials call for ‘opposing’ a
proposal by Liberal Democrat Fiona Hall, who
sits on the Industry Research and Energy (ITRE) committee of the European
Parliament, which called for the reduction
of CO2 emissions from all new cars to 70g CO2/km for 2025. In the document the
minister explains why he wants MEPs to vote against his fellow Lib Dem’s proposal.
Among the other details the internal documents
- Watering down legislation through introducing so-called
‘Super Credits’ – a loophole which would allow car makers to offset gas
guzzling cars by over-counting the EVs they produce. This would have the
effect of raising CO2 emissions above the target allowed in the law.
- Blocking a car emissions target for 2025
- Advising MEPs to vote against fellow Lib Dems who have
proposed a 2025 target
To coincide with the release of the documents at 8am today Greenpeace
activists have scaled a five story building on Lewes High Street, the
shopping centre at the heart of his constituency to unfurl a huge advert
demanding that Norman Baker takes decisive action to limit carbon emissions .
At the same time a second team of activists are greeting commuters with
leaflets that explain how the Transport Minister can improve the quality of
air, reduce carbon emissions and save drivers £400 a year.
Commenting on today’s action, Sara Ayech
Greenpeace campaigner said:
“These documents reveal that there is a split
at the heart of the Liberal Democrats over policy to reduce carbon emissions
and save motorists money. Norman Baker should follow the progressive political
lead of Fiona Hall and support laws that will help the environment, whilst putting an average of £400 a year back
into the pockets of hard pressed motorists. “
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