UK government plans new green laws

Annual parliamentary session opens with promise of long-term carbon target and road transport measures

The British government is to propose two new laws aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and road congestion, Queen Elizabeth II announced on Wednesday as she delivered the government’s annual legislative programme.

Speaking at the parliament’s traditional state opening for the 2006/2007 session, the monarch said the government would publish a bill on climate change next year. The law will establish in law a long-term goal to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent by 2050.

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