COP26: Key outcomes and next steps for the UK

COP26 in Glasgow marked a step forward in global efforts to address climate change, this briefing takes stock of global progress after COP26 and identifies key actions for the UK in response, both at home and internationally.

The UK’s independent adviser on tackling climate change

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008.

Our purpose is to advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets and to report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

In fulfilling this role our focus is to:

  • Provide independent advice on setting and meeting carbon budgets and preparing for climate change
  • Monitor progress in reducing emissions and achieving carbon budgets and targets
  • Conduct independent analysis into climate change science, economics and policy
  • Engage with a wide range of organisations and individuals to share evidence and analysis

The Government and national authorities may also request specific advice from the Committee on an ad-hoc basis.

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Our key reports

2021 Progress Report to Parliament

This double report – Progress in reducing emissions and Progress in adapting to climate change provides a comprehensive overview of the UK Government’s progress to date on reducing emissions and adapting to climate change. Together, the assessment offers more than 200 policy recommendations covering every part of Government.

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Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk

Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk

The Adaptation Committee’s Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk sets out the priority climate change risks and opportunities for the UK. The report draws on an extensive programme of analysis, consultation and consideration by the Committee from over 450 people, 130 organisations and more than 1,500 pages of information.

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Sixth Carbon Budget

The Sixth Carbon Budget advice report, required under the Climate Change Act, provides ministers with advice on the volume of greenhouse gases the UK can emit during the period 2033-2037. It sets the pathway to Net Zero and is based on an extensive programme of analysis, consultation and consideration by the Committee and its staff, building on the evidence published last year for our Net Zero advice.

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2 December 2021

COP26: Key outcomes and next steps for the UK

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1 November 2021

Climate Advisory Bodies: Experiences and Approaches for Effective Climate Change Policy (WRI)

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1 November 2021

Letter: (ICCN) The role of advisory climate councils in supporting world leaders to deliver on the Paris Agreement

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26 October 2021

Independent Assessment: The UK’s Net Zero Strategy

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