Plans for the UK Government's Climate Change Bill were unveiled last week in the 2006 Queen's Speech. The bill, which will form a fundamental part of the UK 's strategy to tackle climate change, is made up of four key elements: a long-term commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2050, which will be put into statute; the establishment of a new independent body � the Carbon Committee � to work with Government to reduce emissions over time and across the economy; the creation of new powers to put in place emissions reduction measures; and improvements to monitoring and reporting arrangements, including how the Government reports to Parliament. Visit the climate change pages of Defra's website for further information: