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Letter: Advice on the UK’s 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)

1. Outline

This letter responds to a request from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) advice on the level of the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Our formal advice on the the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget will be published on 9th December 2020.

2. Key recommendations

  • We recommend that the UK commits to reduce territorial emissions by at least 68% from 1990 to 2030, as part of the UK’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) to the UN process.
  • We encourage the Prime Minister to make a 2030 commitment that is as bold as possible, to inspire other world leaders to follow suit. As such, the Government may choose to go beyond a 68% reduction. The CCC would support the use of international credits to do so. We would not expect credits to be used towards the 68% reduction.
  • The NDC is more than just a number. It should be accompanied by wider climate commitments, including the development of a policy package and Net Zero Strategy to deliver against the UK goal, clear commitments to reduce international aviation and shipping emissions, and greater support for climate finance, particularly for developing countries. It is also imperative that the NDC is accompanied by strengthened climate change adaptation plans – with new commitments – for the UK to show its leadership on emissions reduction and adaptation.


3 December 2020

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Carbon budgets, targets and progress