Letter to Michael Gove – Environmental Principles and Governance after EU Exit consultation
This letter sets out advice on preparing for the next Climate Change Risk Assessment. The advice draws on the findings of two independent reviews commissioned by the Committee, and discussions with Defra’s Science Advisory Council and organisations from the Living with Environmental Change Partnership.
The Adaptation Sub-Committee has provided advice to Defra on adapting to the risks of water scarcity from climate change in our 2011 and 2012 Progress Reports. This letter sets out some of this work where it is particularly relevant to the Ofwat guidance.
This report assesses the impact of carbon budgets on energy bills confirms that annual household energy bills could increase by £100 in 2020 to support development of low-carbon technologies. It follows on from the December 2011 report on Household Energy Bills.
Letter: proposals to enhance the sustainability criteria for the use of biomass feedstocks under the Renewables ObligationLetter
The Committee on Climate Change responds to the consultation on proposals to enhance the sustainability criteria for the use of biomass feedstocks under the Renewables Obligation.
In a letter on the strategy for the second round Adaptation Reporting Power, the ASC identifies three broad principles that will help to ensure that the ARP makes a positive contribution to the national adaptation effort – usefulness; robustness; cost-effectiveness.
The Committee on Climate Change expresses concerns about the recent Government statement “that it sees gas as continuing to play an important role in the energy mix well into and beyond 2030…[not] restricted to providing back up to renewables”.
Climate change – is the UK preparing for flooding and water scarcity? (Adaptation Sub-Committee progress report 2012)Report
The ASC’s latest assessment on how well the UK is preparing for climate change says four times as many properties are at risk of flooding in England without action on climate change.
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.
This report emphasises the crucial role councils have in helping the UK meet its carbon targets and preparing for the impacts of climate change. It outlines specific opportunities for reducing emissions and highlights good practice examples from a number of local authorities. The Committee recommends that a statutory duty and/or additional funding is needed to ensure local authorities have stronger incentives to act.