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Shale gas exploitation by fracking on a significant scale is not compatible with the UK’s climate change targets unless three key tests are met – on methane leaks, gas consumption and carbon budgets – according to new analysis from the Committee on Climate Change.
In November 2015, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) advised Government to set the fifth carbon budget to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 by 57% relative to 1990 levels. The Government has now accepted that advice. The Committee welcomes the clear signal this sends about UK ambition to continue reducing emissions into the 2030s across the economy.
Good progress in reducing UK emissions will not continue without urgent action to strengthen policies
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its 2016 Progress Report to Parliament detailing the UK’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting carbon budgets. The report shows that UK emissions have fallen by an average of 4.5% per year in the last three years and are 38% below 1990 levels. This reduction in emissions has come almost exclusively from one sector: electricity generation, where UK Government policies have driven an increase in renewable generation and a reduction in coal use.
The Committee on Climate Change is seeking a new Chair to lead the work of its Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) from 1 February 2017. The new Chair will succeed Lord Krebs who has led the ASC since May 2009.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is pleased to announce today the appointment of two new members, Professor Corinne Le Quéré and Professor Nick Chater. The Committee also announces that Lord Robert May has stepped down after serving on the CCC since 2008.
The Committee on Climate Change is shortly due to provide advice to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on whether the exploitation of onshore petroleum resources (including shale gas) is compatible with meeting UK carbon budgets. The Committee expects its advice to be published in May.
Maintain high Scottish ambition to tackle climate change and deliver 61% emissions reduction by 2030, says CCC
The Scottish Government should maintain its high ambition pathway towards greenhouse gas emissions reductions of at least 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says today.
The Committee's advice to the Government on the level of the fifth carbon budget remains the same in light of the Paris Agreement, the CCC says today in a letter to The Rt Hon Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
More action is needed to help the UK adapt to climate change, alongside significant new investment, if we're to address the increasing risk of flooding due to rising global temperatures, a new CCC infographic shows.
The Committee on Climate Change today announces the appointment of a leading environmental economist and a senior business director to its Adaptation Sub-Committee.