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The path to Net Zero – CCC’s homework in the Year of Climate Action

5 March 2020 Insights
2020. It’s the year of climate action. The decade of delivery . Fridays are for the future. These slogans are apt at a crucial time in the fight against climate change. The groups issuing them– government, business, and citizens – must all work in partnership to achieve success. (more…)

It’s now or never for one and a half degrees

8 October 2018 Insights
Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Special Report on ‘Global Warming of 1.5°C’. Mike Thompson, Head of Carbon Budgets at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) reflects on the report and what it means for the Committee’s next phase of work. “I hope you’ll tear it...

Five reflections on Dieter Helm’s Cost of Energy Review

31 October 2017 Insights
At over 200 pages, Professor Dieter Helm’s review of the cost of energy to UK businesses and households is wide-ranging. It covers many issues that fall firmly within our remit here at the Committee on Climate Change (such as the costs of decarbonising the UK’s electricity supply) and others that...

The fifth carbon budget – a balanced path to a necessary goal

31 March 2016 Insights
Between now and the end of June the “fifth carbon budget” must be written into law by Parliament. The budget will set the cap on UK emissions for the period 2028-2032. By law it must be legislated within the next three months but, like all budgets, its content is subject...