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Developing a blueprint for monitoring global climate change risk

16 October 2018 Andy Russell

The Committee on Climate Change and the China Expert Panel on Climate Change have published a joint report on Climate Risk Indicators. The two-year project aimed to develop a set of indicators for a new climate change risk assessment system as a proof of concept. Dr Andy Russell explains.

Fake emissions tests cheat consumers and the environment

27 July 2018 Ellie Davies

New evidence suggests that recently-introduced EU emissions tests for cars and vans are already being manipulated by car manufacturers. Ellie Davies, the CCC’s Transport Analyst, explains why that’s bad news for the UK’s climate change targets, and the public.

The new National Adaptation Programme: Hit or miss?

19 July 2018 Kathryn Brown

Every five years the UK government sets out how it intends to manage the increasing risks from flooding, drought, heat, sea level rise and severe weather in a ‘National Adaptation Programme.’ Kathryn Brown, Head of Adaptation at the Committee on Climate Change, takes a first look at the government’s latest plan and considers whether it’s fit for purpose.

A pivotal moment for Scottish climate action

11 July 2018 Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change

I am delighted that the Committee will be returning to Scotland later this week to hold another meeting in Edinburgh. It comes at an exciting time for Scottish climate action, writes CCC Chairman, Lord Deben.

Road to Zero: A missed opportunity?

10 July 2018 Ewa Kmietowicz

The development of the Government’s Road to Zero Strategy offered a unique opportunity for policy-makers to set out their vision for a cleaner, greener UK transport system. Although encouraging in parts, overall the Strategy still leaves plenty of questions unanswered, says Ewa Kmietowicz.

The heat is on: the importance of resilient water supplies

5 July 2018 David Style

Whilst the recent warm weather has been a welcome treat for some of us, extended hot and dry periods put extra pressure on UK water supplies. Climate change is only adding to the problem. David Style says steps must be taken now, by regulators, water companies and individuals, to ensure the taps don’t run dry in the years ahead.

All Change? A new vision for UK travel demand

3 May 2018 Ewa Kmietowicz

Transport accounts for a higher share of overall UK greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector of the economy. As the Commission on Travel Demand publishes its first report, the CCC’s Transport Team Leader Ewa Kmietowicz, says the time may now be ripe for policymakers to reframe their approach.

An electric car in charging on the street

Plugging the gap: What next for Britain’s EV public charging network?

19 January 2018 Ellie Davies

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are rising, as is demand for charging points. New research commissioned by the CCC shows that although there are challenges to extending the public EV charging network, Britain is well placed to increase both the number and distribution of chargers and kick-start an EV revolution, says Ellie Davies.

25-Year Environment Plan – a climate change perspective

12 January 2018 Kathryn Brown

The long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan has been published, setting out the Government’s ambitions for enhancing the natural environment over the coming decades. Kathryn Brown provides an initial look at the Plan’s coverage of climate change, and whether it contains sufficient substance.