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.
The 2050 target – achieving an 80% reduction including emissions from international aviation and shippingReport
This technical report accompanies the Committee on Climate Change’s statutory advice on aviation and shipping in carbon budgets and the 2050 target. It sets out our scenarios for how the 2050 target to reduce emissions by 80% relative to 1990 levels can be achieved with international aviation and shipping included. These scenarios increase confidence that the target can be delivered and at a cost previously accepted by Parliament.
Our report concludes that international aviation and shipping emissions need to be formally included in carbon budgets. Emissions from these sectors were initially left out of carbon budgets (and the 2050 target) when the Climate Change Act became law.
Letter: recent DECC announcement about the Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) for gas-fired power generationLetter
This letter responds to the recent DECC announcement about the Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) for gas-fired power generation. The EPS would allow unabated gas-fired generation from new plant through to 2045.
Letter: Review of the Climate Change Risk Assessment and advice on the National Adaptation ProgrammeLetter
This letter set out the plans of the ASC to review the Climate Change Risk Assessment, and outlines its assessment toolkit which it is using to assess preparedness for climate change across a range of key sectors in the run up to its statutory report in 2015.
In a letter to Lord Smith, Lord Krebs summarises of Environment Agency’s attendance at the ASC’s January 2012 meeting setting out three key areas for closer cooperation between the ASC and Environment Agency; developing indicators; stakeholder engagement, and highlighting the big adaptation issues.