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.
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.