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The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and Rural Climate Change Forum (RCCF) today highlighted the significant abatement potential that exists in the agriculture and land-based sector. The UK agricultural sector contributes 7% of the UK’s total greenhouse emissions, and is a particularly significant contributor to non-carbon dioxide emissions, particularly nitrous oxide and methane.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) launched its first report today, Building a low-carbon economy, which advises the Government to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 34% by 2020.
The Scottish draft Climate Change Bill, published last week, has proposed a reduction in emissions of all greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2050. The Bill will also see emissions cut by 3 per cent each year from 2020, and annual targets will be set from 2010 to 2020, following advice from the CCC.
Northern Ireland has the potential to contribute more to UK action on climate change, said the CCC’s Chief Executive, David Kennedy. The Northern Ireland Assembly recently pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the authority by 25% by 2025, relative to 1990 levels. But yesterday, at an event in Stormont, Belfast, Kennedy said that emissions could be reduced by 2 MTCO2e, if steps were taken to improve energy efficiency in buildings and industry, to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles and make changes in the agriculture and forestry sectors. This would put Northern Ireland on track to contribute towards a UK wide target of reducing emissions by at least 34% in 2020.
Regional action on climate change will be critical in delivering the tough emission targets recommended by the Committee on Climate Change, said Welsh Minister for the Environment, Jane Davidson today. She cited a recent UNDP report which found that 80% of action on climate change happens below nation-state level. Davidson recently urged delegates at the U.N’s climate change conference in Poznan to acknowledge the potential of regional action. Davidson was speaking alongside David Kennedy, the CCC’s Chief Executive, at the Welsh launch of the CCC’s report, which she described as “hugely significant”.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has been asked by the Government to conduct a review into aviation in the UK to ensure that emissions are limited to below 2005 levels in 2050. This follows on from the Government’s announcement today that it is giving the go ahead for a third runway to be built at Heathrow Airport.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) today urged the Government to commit unilaterally to reducing emissions of all greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the UK by at least 34% in 2020 relative to 1990 levels (21% relative to 2005). This should be increased to 42% relative to 1990 (31% relative to 2005) once a global deal to reduce emissions is achieved. The CCC says meeting these targets is necessary to contain the threat of climate change.