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Adaptation Sub-Committee seeks new members

28 August 2015 News stories
The UK Government is seeking to appoint two new members to serve on the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change. As a Sub-Committee member the successful applicants will be responsible for developing the work of the ASC, determining its strategic direction and providing impartial input into the Sub-Committee’s...

Good progress but much more to do to fulfil Scotland’s ambition

24 March 2015 News stories
A new report published today by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC)  concludes that Scotland has continued to make good progress towards meeting ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but that the Scottish Government will need to strengthen key policies to meet future targets. Scotland has done well in...
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Implications of the party leaders’ climate pledge for the Committee’s work

13 March 2015 News stories
On February 14th 2015, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition published a joint statement highlighting the threat of climate change, the opportunity for the UK in responding to it and the importance of 2015 in accelerating action globally. We welcome the clarity which this statement...

CCC welcomes climate change agreement

16 February 2015 News stories
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) welcomes the signing of a joint pledge by the UK's political leaders on tackling climate change. Matthew Bell, Chief Executive of the CCC said: “The Climate Change Act was passed with broad cross-party support.  It sets up the Committee on Climate Change as independent advisers to...

Infrastructure Bill and UK energy mix

26 January 2015 News stories
The Committee on Climate Change has been asked to comment on aspects of the current Infrastructure Bill in its role as independent advisers to Parliament on climate budgets. It is for the government of the day to decide which policies to pursue providing they are consistent with meeting its legal...
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CCC comment – 2014: A year of record-breaking temperatures

4 December 2014 News stories
Yesterday the Met Office reported that human influence is an important factor in possible global and UK temperature records. Early figures show 2014 is on course to be one of, if not the warmest, year on record both worldwide and for the UK. Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change said:...

Adapting to flood risk in a changing climate

27 November 2014 Blogs
Is current policy helping to address the expected increase in future flood risk? Last winter’s storms and floods illustrated the costs of a lack of resilience to extreme weather. Many thousands of people were forced to leave their homes and the country’s transport and energy infrastructure suffered significant disruption. Evidence...
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The IPCC Report and the UK 2050 target

25 November 2014 Blogs
This month saw the release of the new Synthesis Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The previous IPCC assessment, back in 2007, was a key piece of evidence in setting the UK’s 2050 target to cut national emissions by at least 80% below what they were in...