Blogs listing

Five reflections on Dieter Helm’s Cost of Energy Review

31 October 2017 Mike Thompson

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 (such as the costs of decarbonising the UK’s electricity supply) and others that don’t (such as electricity network regulation and energy retail tariffs).

Long-term outcomes for the natural environment – the climate change challenge

4 October 2017 Kathryn Brown

The independent Natural Capital Committee has just published its advice to the government on what long-term goals are needed for the UK’s natural environment over the coming 25 years. Climate change will exacerbate existing pressures on wildlife, water, soil health and habitats – so working out how this affects long-term goals (and how to measure success) is a huge challenge, says Kathryn Brown of the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) secretariat.

Under pressure: Preparing for UK water shortages

12 September 2017 Gemma Holmes

Climate change is likely to contribute to increased risk of water supply deficits. Although plans to manage the UK’s water supply and demand are in place, water companies may need to be more ambitious as they develop strategies for the future, says Gemma Holmes.

Infrared thermovision image showing thermal insulation of house.

The hidden problem of overheating

8 August 2017 Kathryn Brown

Every year for the past four years, the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change has recommended to the Government that more should be done to address the growing risk of overheating in homes and other buildings. But overheating is not generally seen as a big issue compared to other climate risks, such as flooding. Why should the Government, and the public, care about overheating? There are three key reasons, says Kathryn Brown.

Made in the UK. Manufactured in Britain

The industry of decarbonisation

6 September 2016 Matthew Bell

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.

The view from Dover Hill Nr. Chipping Campden on the route of the Cotswolds way footpath

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

5 August 2016 Ewa Kmietowicz

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

19 July 2016 Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on 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

6 July 2016 Dr Steve Smith

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.

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

13 April 2016 Marieke Beckmann

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

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