Paul Golby, chief executive of E.ON UK, the company that runs Powergen, has called for the EU to set targets for carbon reduction that run beyond 2012.

Dr Golby made the call when he met Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, at a meeting of the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change in London.

It’s vital for our industry, our country and our planet that we promote both an awareness of climate change and also do something meaningful to combat it, said Dr Golby.

What we need to see are targets for the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme that go beyond 2012 and that are harmonized across the EU as a whole. There is simply no point in some countries putting on tough restrictions if others are more lax – we have to take the threat of climate change seriously and we have to be able to plan ahead to reduce our emissions.

Dr Golby said that E.ON was committed to reducing the carbon intensity of its personal generation by 10% by 2012, having already reduced it by 20% since 1990.