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Lord Deben welcomes the Government’s commitment to improving the energy efficiency of new UK buildings
The Government has announced it intends to halve the energy use of new buildings in the UK by 2030, as one of the ‘Grand Challenge missions’ of its Industrial Strategy. The chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben, has welcomed the announcement, and highlighted the importance of tougher building standards and effective enforcement of those standards.
Energy and Climate Change Minister, Claire Perry MP, has announced that the Government will ask the Committee on Climate Change to provide new advice on the implications of the 2015 Paris Agreement for the UK’s long-term targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), has welcomed the appointment of Chris Stark, the CCC’s new Chief Executive.
The Committee on Climate Change is an ‘Interested Party’ in a potential judicial review of the Government’s decision not to amend the UK’s 2050 emission reduction target following the 2015 Paris Agreement. The application for judicial review is being considered by the courts.
We are very pleased to announce that Chris Stark is the Committee’s preferred candidate for the position of Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Chris will start his appointment in the spring, once pre-employment checks are complete, taking over from Matthew Bell who stepped down last year.
The Environment Secretary and Devolved Administrations have appointed Professor Georgina Mace and Professor Michael Davies to the Adaptation Sub-Committee.
The Government has published a new Clean Growth Strategy, setting out how it intends to further reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the UK’s legally-binding carbon targets (‘carbon budgets’). The Committee welcomes the publication of the Strategy.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is looking to appoint two new expert members specialising in climate science and the power sector.
The Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben, and Committee member Paul Johnson have been reappointed to their roles. Lord Deben has led the Committee since 2012. His five-year term, due to end this year, has been extended for a further five years until September 2022. Paul Johnson’s five-year term, which also concludes this year, has been similarly extended for a further five years until 2022.
Scotland’s plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions into the 2030s will need to bring forward firmer policies in transport, heating and other sectors if it is to remain world-leading, the Committee on Climate Change says.