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Department for Transport’s assessment of the case for a third runway at Heathrow

22 November 2016 Publication
The Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Lord Deben, writes to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, regarding the Department for Transport's (DfT) assessment of the case for a third runway at Heathrow airport. The letter sets out the...

UK aviation emissions must be consistent with UK climate change commitments, CCC says

25 October 2016 News stories
Following the announcement that the UK Government has approved the expansion of UK airport capacity, including expansion of London Heathrow Airport, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has issued the following statement: Emissions from aviation are a relatively small but increasingly important source of UK greenhouse gas emissions (making up 6% of total emissions...

The Climate Change Act: a retrospective

4 March 2014 Blogs
This week is Climate Week, which is an annual celebration of the contributions made by individuals, business and organisations to building a low-carbon economy. Climate Week provides us with a good opportunity to look back at the progress that’s been made on climate change mitigation, and more specifically under the Climate...

10 Environmental pledges from the lib/con coalition Government

13 May 2010 Blogs
The new liberal conservative coalition Government has agreed on a list of policy pledges on the Environment and climate change. Here is a summary of some of the pledges that are directly relevant to meeting carbon budgets: 1.    The Government will push for the EU to demonstrate leadership in tackling...
Meeting the UK Aviation target – options for reducing emissions to 2050

Meeting the UK aviation target – options for reducing emissions to 2050

8 December 2009 Publication
This report sets out the Committee’s  assessment of options for reducing UK aviation emissions up to 2050. In January 2009 the Government adopted a target to reduce UK aviation emissions back to 2005 levels in 2050 alongside its decision to support expansion of Heathrow airport. Together with deep cuts in...

CCC to report on new aviation emissions cap – 1 December 2008

1 December 2008 News stories
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has been asked by the Government to conduct a review into aviation in the UK to ensure that emissions are limited to below 2005 levels in 2050. This follows on from the Government’s announcement today that it is giving the go ahead for a...