Matthew Bell

Lifting the lid on the wider benefits of climate action

2017 needs to be the year where the positive, and the personal, case for tackling climate change comes to the fore, writes CCC Chief Executive, Matthew Bell. 

There is emerging evidence about the economic and wider benefits that come from tackling climate change, alongside the avoidance of future damage. Some of the benefits include new jobs and better health. We need to improve our understanding of these benefits because they are likely to provide an even stronger reason for action, distinct from those that are often advanced. First, let’s deal quickly with the reasons commonly put forward against action to tackle climate change.

Made in the UK. Manufactured in Britain

Matthew Bell

The industry of decarbonisation

The new UK Government has an opportunity to take full advantage of the global shift to a low-carbon economy, says Matthew Bell, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change.

Our natural land: part of the solution to tackling climate change

Natural land is one of our key resources. It provides a wide range of goods and services – food, timber, clean water, energy, wildlife habitats, carbon storage, flood management as well as green spaces vital for our physical and mental health and other recreation activities. While some of these benefits can be valued in monetary terms, others have no market value, which makes it all the more important to recognise their worth, writes the CCC’s Ewa Kmietowicz.

The UK’s approach to tackling climate change

There has been, to adopt a phrase, a lot of news of late: the referendum on the EU, the impact on all of the political parties, a new Prime Minister and a new structure for Government and its ministerial team with countless deviations, contortions and digressions in between (and more, no doubt, to come). Yet, when it comes to climate change, three things remain unchanged, writes Committee on Climate Change Chairman, Lord Deben.


The data behind the CCC’s fifth carbon budget

Last week the Government agreed to set the fifth carbon budget at the level recommended by the Committee on Climate Change. Today, for the first time, we are pleased to release a detailed set of data from the analysis that underpinned our advice. The Committee recommended a 57% reduction in UK emissions from 2028-2032 on 1990 levels. The dataset we are publishing today describes one way in which this could be met. …

How a new approach to standards can drive low-carbon innovation

In order to fast-track innovation that could help to tackle climate change, a new scheme can provide bespoke standards to verify pioneering technologies. Marieke Beckmann from the National Physical Laboratory explains how the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) scheme is helping smaller businesses bring smart new products to the market

Mike Thompson

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

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 to discussion and debate. The legislated budget must take into account the advice of the Committee on Climate Change, the …

The good, the bad and the ugly of the Paris Agreement

After a momentous fortnight, which saw 150 world leaders attend the opening days of the COP21 climate summit, the dust has begun to settle on the much-anticipated Paris Agreement. Lord Deben and Lord Krebs take a step back to consider the highs and the lows of the deal.

Gunfleet sands offshore wind farm

Mike Hemsley

Offshore wind: A valuable ingredient in the UK’s future energy mix

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, recently announced the Government’s intention to continue supporting offshore wind into the 2020s, providing costs continue to fall. If that approach proves successful, offshore wind could play a key part in the UK’s low-carbon future, writes the CCC’s Mike Hemsley.

Peak district landscape scene

David Thompson

Preparing for the impacts of climate change on the UK’s natural environment

The UK’s rich wildlife and distinctive landscapes are a source of inspiration to millions of people, and there is a growing recognition that ‘natural capital’ – our water, soils, land, sea, air and the wildlife they sustain – is as important for the UK’s prosperity and quality of life as economic and social capital. Yet, climate change is set to radically change many aspects of the UK’s natural environment in the future, with implications for the vital services and benefits nature provides. The CCC’s David Thompson looks at the findings of a new research report to inform the UK’s second climate change risk assessment in 2017.


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