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The IPCC Report and the UK 2050 target

25 November 2014 Insights
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...

Going electric

11 November 2014 Insights
Electric cars are “competing with 150 years and trillions of dollars spent on gasoline cars”. So says Elon Musk, the outspoken CEO of electric car manufacturer, Tesla Motors. CCC analysis shows that the UK needs 60% of new cars and vans to be electric by 2030 to meet our 2050...

National Audit Office finds evidence of under-investment in flood risk management

5 November 2014 Insights
The latest value for money audit by the government’s spending watchdog finds good value being achieved with the money being spent on flood risk management.  That should come as no surprise, with the often quoted figure of investment in flood defences delivering £8 in benefits per £1 spent. The NAO found...
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“Significant weakening” of plans to manage flood risk from new development

28 October 2014 News stories
Lord Krebs, Chairman of the Adaptation Sub-Committee has written to Elizabeth Truss, the Environment Secretary, to express concerns about how the government now intends to encourage the use of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in new development. The need for greater use of SuDS was recognised following the extensive flooding in...

Zero carbon buildings are becoming a reality

21 October 2014 Insights
The UK’s buildings have the reputation of being old, draughty and expensive to heat. Fortunately, this has been changing slowly as building regulations have gradually required ever higher energy efficiency standards. As of 2016, all new homes will have to be built to ‘zero carbon’ standards (with commercial buildings set...

Professor Samuel Fankhauser and Professor Martin Parry step down from the Adaptation Sub-Committee

18 September 2014 News stories
Update 08/01/2015 Professor Samuel Fankhauser and Professor Martin Parry have now extended their membership of the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC). They will remain as full members of the ASC to the end of December 2015. Professor Samuel Fankhauser and Professor Martin Parry, two of the founding members of the Adaptation Sub-Committee, are stepping down after...

Matthew Bell announced as new Chief Executive of Committee on Climate Change

11 September 2014 News stories
Lord Deben has today announced Matthew Bell as the new Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Matthew will start his appointment in November, taking over from David Kennedy who stepped down earlier this year to take on a new role at the Department for International Development. Matthew...

Saving carbon with efficient vacuum cleaners

1 September 2014 Insights
Starting from the 1st of September 2014, every vacuum cleaner on sale in the EU will carry an energy label and be rated from A-G for performance, dust re-emission, noise level and power consumption. Additionally, vacuum cleaners with a power consumption of 1600 W or more will no longer be...

CCC launches call for evidence on adaptation indicators

24 July 2014 News stories
This call for evidence is now closed The Committee on Climate Change has today launched a call for evidence to seek views on the appropriateness of a draft set of adaptation indicators. The indicators will be used to prepare the CCC’s statutory report on the National Adaptation Programme in 2015....

CCC welcomes confirmation of the Fourth Carbon Budget

22 July 2014 News stories
The Committee on Climate Change welcomes the government’s decision not to change the fourth carbon budget, following its advice last year. This is a positive decision demonstrating the government’s commitment to tackling climate change in the most economically sensible way. It also provides the necessary assurances to businesses investing in...