Letter: Carry-forward of surplus emissions (Lord Deben to Chris Skidmore MP)

This is a letter from CCC Chairman, Lord Deben, to Chris Skidmore MP, Interim Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, about the carry-forward of surplus emissions from the second carbon budget (2013-2017).

It was sent in response to a letter from Chris Skidmore to Lord Deben setting out the Government’s position on the same issue. The Committee wrote to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to provide its advice on the matter in February 2019.

This letter:

  • States that the Committee’s position remains that surplus emissions in the second carbon budget period were not due to policy
  • Notes the Government’s acceptance of the Committee’s advice that the surplus should not be used to reduce the ambition of the third carbon budget
  • Commits to providing further advice to Government on forthcoming changes to the emissions inventory