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Cyclist rides in a cycle lane

UK transport is heading in the wrong direction

15 September 2015 Amy McQueen

There was some disappointing news from the transport sector in our most recent report to Parliament. Whilst new cars continue to meet tighter and tighter emissions standards last year, that was more than offset by increased usage of cars as total kilometres travelled rose from 386 to 394 billion kilometres.

Cars and vans on a motorway

Vehicle emissions testing: mind the gap

8 September 2015 Jack Snape

Cars and vans are getting more efficient. Since the introduction of EU regulations on CO2 from new cars in 2009, manufacturers have reduced their official emissions by over 16%, and they will have to be cut by a further 24% to meet the target set by the EU for 2020. This is good news, but […]

The green gas coming to a pipe near you

8 June 2015 Jenny Hill

Have you ever wondered where your food waste goes? That is, if you are lucky enough of course to live somewhere where your local council has an organised collection.

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Making informed choices on climate change in 2015

27 May 2015 Matthew Bell

This is a busy time for decisions about how to address climate change. By the end of 2015, after leaders meet in Paris in December, we’ll know what the world proposes to do in the face of the risks posed by rising average global temperatures. This period is no less busy domestically. In all, there […]

Are we doing enough to adapt to climate change?

22 May 2015 David Thompson

How can we measure how well countries are adapting to the impacts of climate change? This is a question that is being asked both in the UK and around the world, and was one of the hot topics at this month’s European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) conference in Copenhagen. Unlike measuring a country’s greenhouse gas […]

Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050

27 March 2015 Taro Hallworth

The Government has published a set of Roadmaps that chart a low-carbon future for British industry.  Developed with industry and others, they are intended to allow industry to make its contribution to meeting our national goals to limit greenhouse gas emissions – and to remain profitable in a competitive world. Industry is directly responsible for […]

Balancing visibility and flexibility through a power sector decarbonisation target

27 March 2015 Alex Kazaglis

Analysis by the Committee and others has repeatedly shown that the roll-out of low-carbon power generation to 2030 is a key part of the cost-effective path towards the UK’s statutory 2050 target.  Power is directly responsible for around a quarter of UK emissions, multiple low-carbon options are available (e.g. onshore and offshore wind, nuclear and […]

What lies beneath: the hidden heat network at the heart of the City

20 March 2015 Jenny Hill

District heating networks are largely an unknown quantity in the UK, where the gas boiler is both ubiquitous and cheap. Contrast this with Denmark, where two thirds of space and water heating is delivered through pipes to buildings in the form of hot water or steam.

CCC visits Northern Ireland

16 March 2015 Ute Collier

Our Chairman Lord Deben, Chief Executive Matthew Bell and I spent 2 days in Northern Ireland in March 2015 on invitation of the Environment Minister, Mark H. Durkan. In emission terms, Northern Ireland (NI) is the smallest of the devolved nations, accounting for only 3.6% of UK emissions. However, the province faces particular challenges in […]

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