The Adaptation Sub Committee of the Committee on Climate Change (ASC) welcomes the announcement of two Government initiatives to review flood risk and response following recent flooding in parts of Northern England and Scotland in two letters to Oliver Letwin MP and Rory Stewart MP.
In preparing our fifth carbon budget advice, we ran a public Call for Evidence in mid-2015. In total, more than 50 organisations responded. The results of that Call for Evidence are available here.
This report, Quantifying uncertainty over baseline emissions projections, was commissioned to inform advice on the level of the fifth carbon budget. It was written by Cambridge Econometrics. The report identifies a range of uncertainties and assesses their potential impact on emissions pathways.
This report presents the Committee’s advice on the fifth carbon budget, covering the period 2028-32, as required under Section 34 of the Climate Change Act 2008. The Committee recommends that the fifth carbon budget is set at 1,765 MtCO2e, including emissions from international shipping, over the period 2028-2032. That would limit annual emissions to an average 57% below 1990 levels.
This technical report accompanies the fifth carbon budget – the next step towards a low-carbon economy, the Committee’s published advice on the level of the fifth carbon budget. It describes the scenarios used by the Committee to inform its judgements over the cost-effective path.
The CCC develops scenarios for the UK’s future energy system to assess routes to decarbonisation and to advise UK Government on policy options. Uncertainty to 2050 is large, and so different scenarios are needed to assess different trajectories, targets and technology combinations.
Meeting the UK’s 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target (an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050) at a manageable cost will require significant decarbonisation of the transport sector. This report was commissioned from the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight as part of the Committee’s work on preparing its advice on the fifth carbon budget.
There are three core scenarios for deployment of district heating (DH) to 2050:
The three scenarios reflect different levels of policy intervention to incentivise and assist the roll-out of district heating in the UK. For each scenario, we have presented the range of heat sources likely to be employed, the associated carbon emissions abatement and the abatement cost.
With closures of steel plants announced in recent weeks, the competitive position of energy-intensive industries in the UK has been much in the news. Policies to reduce carbon emissions, which have increased electricity costs to industry, have been amongst the concerns said to have contributed to problems at UK plants. This technical note addresses these issues in detail.
This report describes the results of a project to investigate the development of plausible high-end climate change scenarios. It covers the following climate hazards: heat waves, cold snaps, low and high rainfall, droughts, floods and windstorms. An independent report, it has been produced for the Adaptation Sub-Committee to help inform the UK 2017 climate change risk assessment.