CCC’s response to proposed changes to official statistics across the Defra group

A letter from Matthew Bell, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, in response to the Government’s consultation proposing changes to the collection of official statistics across the Defra group.

The letter highlights that:

  • The Committee on Climate change uses a range of Defra statistics to monitor progress and to understand abatement options in agriculture.
  • These statistics are also needed by Defra, and others, to put in place cost-effective policies.
  • The proposed changes to some of the datasets – particularly in regard to the scope, frequency and scale of the data collected – could have a negative impact on the CCC’s ability to fulfil our statutory duties and on the Government’s ability to fulfil its statutory emission reduction target by 2050.