Response to decision on carry-forward of surplus emissions from second carbon budget

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has responded to correspondence from Chris Skidmore MP, Interim Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, about the carry-forward of surplus emissions from the second carbon budget (2013-2017).

CCC Chairman, Lord Deben, said:

“We have set out our position in a further letter to government. We note the government’s acceptance of our advice that the surplus should not be used to reduce the commitments in future carbon budgets. The view of the CCC remains that surplus emissions in the second carbon budget period were not due to policy. As requested we will provide recommendations on handling technical revisions to the emissions baseline in due course.”

Notes to Editors

  • View the Committee’s letter in response to the decision on the carry-forward of surplus emissions from Chris Skidmore MP.
  • For clarification, forthcoming changes to the emissions inventory relate to peatland and global warming potentials.
  • The Committee has previously provided advice to the Scottish government on technical revisions to the emissions baseline.
  • The Committee previously wrote to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) setting out its views on the issue of surplus emissions from the second carbon budget in February 2019.
  • The Committee recently published its long-term emissions advice towards meeting a Net-Zero target, view the full report here.
  • Next year, in 2020, the Committee will advise on the sixth carbon budget, covering the period 2033-2037.