The scientific and international context for the fifth carbon budget

This report examines the scientific and international circumstances the Committee is required to consider under the Climate Change Act when advising the Government and Parliament on carbon budgets. It was prepared in advance of the Committee’s advice on the fifth carbon budget in 2015.

The Committee’s advice on carbon budgets must take into account other criteria in the Act, including: the impact of the budget on the economy, the government’s fiscal position, affordability of energy for households, security of supply, the devolved administrations and the competitiveness of businesses.

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