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News round-up: EU emissions, food security, Green Deal, river catchments, bus emissions

Sustainable development news from government and public bodies: call for ambitious EU emissions target, global food security, Green Deal encourages energy saving, catchment approach to river health, reducing bus emissions.

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UK challenges Europe to set ambitious emissions reduction target of 50% by 2030

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey has challenged Europe to set their emissions reduction target to 50% by 2030 on 1990 levels as part of an ambitious global deal to tackle climate change in 2015. The decarbonisation of the EU economy is fundamental to tackling climate change, whilst ensuring that all sources of power generation play an important role in this ambition.
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International Development Committee report on global food security

The International Development Committee has published the report of its inquiry into global food security, calling for concerted action to curb food wastage in the UK and for expansion of DFID’s bilateral nutrition programmes with a particular focus on pregnancy and early years, as part of wider efforts to improve global food security.
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Green Deal encouraging energy saving home improvements

New research shows the Government’s Green Deal is inspiring people across the UK to install energy saving home improvements: 47% of households who had received a Green Deal advice report, following a Green Deal assessment, said they either had or were getting energy saving measures installed, while a further 31% said they would ‘definitely or probably’ install at least one measure.
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Catchment Based Approach to improve river health and water quality

A new £1.6 million partnership project, the Catchment Based Approach, will encourage local communities and environmental groups to take on more responsibility for improving the health of their local rivers, as well as the surrounding natural environment and wildlife.
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New scheme to reduce bus emissions

A number of towns and cities in England will benefit from £5 million in funding to reduce pollution from local buses. Local authorities will be able to bid for grants of up to £1 million from the Department for Transport’s Clean Bus Technology Fund, allowing them to upgrade local buses with pollution-reducing technologies such as cleaner engines or exhaust after-treatment equipment.
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