The Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Lord Deben, has written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP regarding the Department for Transport’s (DfT) assessment of the case for a third runway at Heathrow airport.
The Committee on Climate Change was asked by the Scottish Government to examine the impacts of extraction of Scottish unconventional oil and gas (UOG), comprising shale gas, shale oil and coalbed methane, on Scottish greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets. This report fulfils that duty.
In this report for the Committee on Climate Change, the TIAM-Grantham energy system model is used to consider the impact of a ‘dash for gas’ in Western Europe on global energy supply and emissions. The report builds on analysis carried out as part of the AVOID2 project.
The Chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Sub-Committee, Lord Krebs, writes to Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Ian Boyd, to provide ongoing advice on the next set of UK climate projections in terms of the extent to which they will meet the needs of the user community.
Heating and hot water for UK buildings make up 40% of our energy consumption and 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions. It will be necessary to largely eliminate these emissions by around 2050 to meet the targets in the Climate Change Act and to maintain the UK contribution to international action under the Paris Agreement. This report considers that challenge and sets out possible steps to meet it.
The Paris Agreement marks a significant positive step in global action to tackle climate change. This report considers the domestic actions the UK Government should take as part of a fair contribution to the aims of the Agreement.
The vote to leave the EU does not change the UK’s legal commitments to reduce its emissions by 57% by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050 (relative to 1990) under the Climate Change Act.
This research, by UCL Energy Institute, finds that energy efficiency happens when it is strategically important, or “salient”, and that salience is strongly influenced by external drivers such as reputation and risk and also by the way different part of the organisation are connected and resourced.
This report considers the implications of decarbonisation for the future regulation of the gas grid.