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Household energy bill increases caused primarily by rising cost of gas, not environmental policies – 15 December 2011

15 December 2011

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its first comprehensive analysis of the impact of meeting carbon budgets on household energy bills. The Committee concludes that recent bill increases are primarily due to increased wholesale gas costs. Out to 2020, policies to achieve a low-carbon economy will add around £110 to bills – with scope to offset this if energy efficiency can be improved.  

CCC review suggests that the UK’s share of international shipping emissions should be included in climate targets – 3 Nov 2011

3 November 2011

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said today that the UK’s share of international shipping could account for up to 11% of total emissions permitted under the Climate Change Act by 2050 (i.e. 18MtCO2 of total 160MtCO2). Given that international shipping emissions are likely to be material, and to have implications for approaches in other sectors, the Committee recommends that these should be included now in the 2050 target, and sets out options for inclusion in carbon budgets.