There is little to report on the environmental front from this year’s Labour Party conference, a beleaguered Gordon Brown having far more pressing matters on his mind given the events in the financial markets over the last few weeks. The prime minister hinted that he would be pushing the Climate Change Commission (CCC) to consider a target of reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 compared to 1990 levels – the chair of the CCC has since announced that the UK government should adopt 80 per cent as its target – and John Hutton, the now former Secretary of State for Energy, indicated zcoal-fired power stations have a role to play in the future provision of electricity in the UK. This prophecy may, however, change given Gordon Brown’s subsequent Cabinet re-shuffle, which sees the creation of a new ministry dealing with energy and climate change headed up by ‘rising star’ Ed Miliband.