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10 July 2019 Publication

Briefing note on time lags in the climate system (Met Office)

The Met Office has produced a technical briefing note summarising the latest scientific understanding on time lags in the climate system, and what this implies for how much climate change the world is committed to in the short-term for different emissions trajectories.
14 September 2017 Publication
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CCC land use project update

This briefing note provides an update on the Committee on Climate Change and Adaptation Sub-Committee's ongoing work on land use. The Committee is exploring how improved use and management of land could deliver against both mitigation and adaptation objectives to 2050 and beyond.
29 March 2017 Publication

The infrastructure needs of a low-carbon economy prepared for climate change

The infrastructure needs of a low-carbon economy prepared for climate change supports a letter of the same name from Lord Deben (Chair, Committee on Climate Change) and The Baroness Brown of Cambridge (Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee) to Lord Adonis (Chair, National Infrastructure Commission).
13 October 2016 Publication

Meeting Carbon Budgets – Implications of Brexit for UK climate policy

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.
6 January 2016 Publication

The appropriateness of a Northern Ireland Climate Change Act (2015 update)

This report considers the appropriateness of a Northern Ireland Climate Change Act following a request to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) from the Northern Ireland Executive Minister. The report provides an update on an earlier report on the same topic, produced by the CCC in 2011.
12 November 2015 Publication

Low-carbon policy costs and the competitiveness of UK steel production

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.
14 September 2015 Publication

Budget management and funding for low-carbon electricity generation

A briefing note about budget management and funding for low-carbon electricity generation.
11 August 2014 Publication
6 August 2014 Publication
30 January 2014 Publication

Scrutiny of IPCC report “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis”

During the House of Lords Energy Bill Debate on 28 October 2013, Viscount Ridley announced that there were nine ways in which the recent IPCC report (AR5) was less alarming and less certain than the previous IPCC report in 2007 (AR4). This document examines these nine claims using the relevant text from the two reports. Six are found to be incorrect – meaning either that there is no supporting evidence from the text of AR5 relative to AR4, or that AR5 explicitly states that the issues are less relevant to long-term climate projections. Important caveats apply to the remaining three claims.