Building a low-carbon economy – the UK’s contribution to tackling climate change

Building a low-carbon economy – the UK’s contribution to tackling climate change

Building a low-carbon economy – the UK’s contribution to tackling climate change was published on 1 December 2008 and contains the CCC’s recommendations on the 2050 emissions reduction target and advises on the levels of the UK’s first three legally binding carbon budgets for 2008-2022.

Download individual chapters of the report

Part I: The 2050 target

1. Setting a 2050 target

2. Meeting a 2050 target

Part II: Setting and meeting the first three budgets

3. The first three budgets: summary analysis and recommendations

4. Carbon markets and carbon prices

5. Decarbonising electricity generation

6. Energy use in buildings and industry

7. Reducing domestic transport emissions

Part III: Extending the carbon budget framework?

8. International aviation and shipping

9. Non CO2 greenhouse gases

Part IV: Wider economic and social considerations

10. Competitiveness challenges and opportunities

11. Economic costs and fiscal implications

12. Fuel poverty implications

13. Energy security of supply

14. Differences in national circumstances

Glossary of terms used in the report

Read our simple guide to understanding Marginal Abatement Cost (MAC) Curves.

Sustainability statement

This report was produced in a sustainable fashion using 75% recycled paper on stock that is certified by the FSC. The report was produced at an EMAS verified facility which has improved on environmental performance year on year.

Supporting research

The CCC commissioned research from a number of consultants to inform its advice on carbon budgets and targets. Consultant’s reports are listed below according to the chapter that they support and can be accessed and downloaded by clicking on the relevant link.

Chapter 1: Setting a 2050 Target

Chapter 2:  Meeting a 2050 Target

Chapter  3: Decarbonising eletricity generation

Chapter 6: Energy use in buildings and industry

Chapter 7: Reducing domestic transport emissions

Chapter 8: International Aviation & Shipping

Chapter 9: Non-CO2 Gases

Chapter 11: Economic costs and fiscal implications

Technical appendices

Chapter 1: Setting a 2050 Target

Chapter 2: Meeting a 2050 Target

Chapter 3: The First Three Budgets

Chapter 5: Decarbonising electricity generation

Chapter 6: Energy Use in Buildings and Industry

Chapter 7: Reducing Domestic Transport Emissions

Chapter 14: Differences in National Circumstances