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The next 80 days will be crucial in the development of domestic and international policy to combat climate change. Between now and December, when the much anticipated international climate talks in Paris draw to a close, discussions about how to tackle the causes and consequences of rising global temperatures will rarely be out of the spotlight. For the Committee on Climate Change, as independent advisers to Government and Parliament, the autumn period is no less busy.
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 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
The importance of measurement for setting and sticking to our targets.
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 […]
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 […]
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.