Blogs listing

Zero carbon buildings are becoming a reality

21 October 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

The UK’s buildings have the reputation of being old, draughty and expensive to heat. Fortunately, this has been changing slowly as building regulations have gradually required ever higher energy efficiency standards. As of 2016, all new homes will have to be built to ‘zero carbon’ standards (with commercial buildings set to follow in 2019), i.e. […]

Carbon budgets and the UK economy

10 September 2014 Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change

A new report from Cambridge Econometrics today predicts that households will be better off financially as a result of carbon budgets. That contrasts somewhat with findings published previously by the CCC that there will be a small cost attached to carbon budgets (under 1% of GDP). So what do we think about this? First, of course, the […]

Saving carbon with efficient vacuum cleaners

1 September 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

Starting from the 1st of September 2014, every vacuum cleaner on sale in the EU will carry an energy label and be rated from A-G for performance, dust re-emission, noise level and power consumption. Additionally, vacuum cleaners with a power consumption of 1600 W or more will no longer be available (this will be further […]

A global deal of national climate change laws?

23 June 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

In early June national legislators from over 70 parliaments met in Mexico to discuss the role national climate change legislation can play in a future global deal. The meeting was timely as national climate legislation continues to develop apace. For example, this month both Denmark and Finland have adopted new climate change laws. Both countries […]

40-legged starfish and more

6 June 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

Members of the CCC visited the British Antarctic Survey to find out about the worldwide implications of polar climate change.

Does the IPCC endorse shale gas?

17 April 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

Recent headlines have suggested that the latest IPCC report endorses shale gas. We take a look at what the report actually says.

CCC response to the latest IPCC report

3 April 2014 Nisha Pawar

Lord Deben, Chairman of the CCC sets out our response to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in an article published by the Guardian.

The Budget freeze in Carbon Price Support

31 March 2014 The Committee on Climate Change

In the recent Budget, the Chancellor made the widely anticipated move to freeze the Carbon Price Support from 2016/17. Here we take a look at the implications for reducing emissions in the power sector – what it means for electricity bills, for low-carbon investment and for coal. The Carbon Price Support tops up the carbon […]

Denmark follows UK example

27 March 2014 David Kennedy

Denmark is currently in the process of drafting legislation modelled on the UK’s Climate Change Act. I recently went over to Copenhagen to share our experiences and learn about the Danish context. I spoke at the Concito annual conference; Concito is a green think tank which provides analysis of the cost-effective path to a low-carbon […]

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