Meeting Carbon Budgets – 2012 Progress Report to Parliament
The Committee on Climate Change’s 2012 progress report looks at emissions trends over the past year and evaluates underlying progress in implementing carbon-reduction measures and policies in the UK. It assesses performance of government policies in driving down emissions – including in areas such as Electricity Market Reform, the Green Deal and Carbon Capture & Storage.
The report finds that Greenhouse Gas Emissions fell by 7%. But only 0.8% of this can be linked directly to implementation of proactive carbon lowering measures. This means the rate of underlying progress is only a quarter of what’s needed to meet future carbon budgets. The report also highlights challenges which remain across key issue areas namely: lack of investment in renewable energy and low carbon power; energy efficiency and renewable heat in buildings; and cleaner transport and travel.
- Interactive PDF of full report (n.b. 31MB document)
- Full report double spreads (to save on printing)
- Executive Summary
- Key Findings
- Presentation by Professor Dame Julia King
Download individual chapters of the report
- Chapter 1 – Overview of progress towards meeting carbon budgets
- Chapter 2 – Progress decarbonising the power sector
- Chapter 3 – Progress reducing emissions from buildings
- Chapter 4 – Progress reducing emissions industry
- Chapter 5 – Progress reducing emissions from transport emissions
- Chapter 6 – Progress reducing emissions from agriculture
- Chapter 7 – Progress reducing emissions from waste
- Chapter 8 – Devolved administrations
Supporting data and research cited in the report
- Chapter 1 – Overview
- Chapter 2 – Power
- Chapter 2 – Power – Redpoint Energy (2011) Modelling the trajectory of the UK power sector to 2030 under alternative assumptions
- Chapter 4 – Industry
- Chapter 5 – Transport
- Chapter 6 – Agriculture
- Chapter 7 – Waste
In order to make a judgement about whether the UK is on track to meet its climate goals in a transparent and evidenced based way, we assess progress against a suite of indicators, first set out in chapter 3 of our 2009 progress report and supporting technical annex.
This paper provides a complete set of information on progress against these indicators, to complement the key messages set out in the main report.