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Policy strengthening required to meet future carbon budgets

15 July 2014 News stories
A new report published today by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) concludes that carbon budgets can be met at affordable cost, but that this will require the strengthening of key policies. The CCC’s latest progress report to Parliament identifies that good progress has been made on development and implementation...

Buildings and infrastructure ill-prepared for changing climate

8 July 2014 News stories
The resilience of transport networks, homes, hospitals and water supplies in England need to be enhanced to counter the more frequent and severe flooding and heatwaves that can be expected in future. This is the key finding of a new report by the government’s official adviser on preparing for climate...

A global deal of national climate change laws?

23 June 2014 Insights
In early June national legislators from over 70 parliaments met in Mexico to discuss the role national climate change legislation can play in a future global deal. The meeting was timely as national climate legislation continues to develop apace. For example, this month both Denmark and Finland have adopted new...

40-legged starfish and more

6 June 2014 Insights
“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.” This was the advert placed by Ernest Shackleton in 1914 to recruit a team of explorers for his expedition to the South Pole. But what does...

Committee on Climate Change Chief Executive departs – 23 May 2014

23 May 2014 News stories
Lord Deben has today announced that David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change will be leaving to take on a new role. He will be handing over to Adrian Gault as interim Chief Executive until a substantive appointment is made to replace him. *Due to changes...

Does the IPCC endorse shale gas?

17 April 2014 Insights
The publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 3 5th Assessment Report has been accompanied by some headlines suggesting that the report endorses shale gas. We take a look at what the report actually says, and what that means for the role of shale gas in...
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CCC advises government not to “bank” emissions

16 April 2014 News stories
The Committee on Climate Change has written to Greg Barker, Minister of State at DECC, recommending that the government should not relax emission reduction targets for the 2013-2017 carbon budget period. When emissions have been reduced by more than the target set in the carbon budget, the Climate Change Act...

Renewable solution needed: our response to the third IPCC report

14 April 2014 Insights
Jim Skea, CCC committee member and vice-chair of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Working Group III, set out the CCC’s response to the third IPCC report in an article for the Guardian. Professor Skea said: “The evidence is clear: sticking to business as usual will lead to temperature rises...

The Budget freeze in Carbon Price Support

31 March 2014 Insights
In the recent Budget, the Chancellor made the widely anticipated move to freeze the Carbon Price Support from 2016/17. Here we take a look at the implications for reducing emissions in the power sector – what it means for electricity bills, for low-carbon investment and for coal. The Carbon Price...

Gross greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by almost 10% in Scotland – 25 March 2014

25 March 2014 News stories
Scotland has continued to make good progress towards meeting ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Committee on Climate Change announced in its latest report. Emissions in Scotland fell by 9.9% in 2011 – the latest year for which data is available - compared with 6.9% in the...