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.


Large Waves Breaking Against Sea Wall At Dawlish In Devon

David Style

Why it’s sensible to stress test climate change adaptation plans

The CCC’s David Style explains why there is every merit in looking seriously at extreme high and low climate change projections to assess whether we are doing enough to adapt to climate change. The blog draws on key findings of a new research project on so-called H++ scenarios commissioned by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) as part of its work to inform the Government’s next climate change risk assessment in 2017.

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