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27 July 2020 Publication

Letter: Open letter – Adaptation Reporting Power

This is an open letter from Baroness Brown, Chair of the Adaptation Committee of the Committee on Climate Change to all reporting organisations covered by the Adaptation Reporting Power (ARP).
17 July 2020 Insights

2020 Progress Report to Parliament – your questions answered

The COVID-19 pandemic saw the launch of our annual Progress Report to Parliament move online this year. This was a new format for us and the webinar we ran had a number of advantages over a physical event, receiving positive feedback from attendees. It was great to have so many people join the discussion from all four nations – and it has certainly given us pause for thought; we fully expect to run more web-based events in the future. Another advantage was that we were able to record the questions our 450 attendees wanted to ask us. We did our best to cover as many as we could during the live event but unfortunately didn’t have time to get through all 111. In this blog we seek to answer some of the most popular questions, grouped into eight key themes.
22 June 2020 Publication

Letter: Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme

This is a letter from Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change and Baroness Brown, Chair of the Adaptation Committee to Victoria Prentis MP about the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme. 
23 January 2020 Publication

Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK

This report presents the CCC’s first ever in-depth advice on UK agricultural and land use policies. The report assesses the way we use our land today and the changes required in how we farm and use land in order to deliver the UK Government’s Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050.
23 January 2020 News story

Major shift in UK land use needed to deliver Net Zero emissions

The UK has committed to becoming a Net Zero economy by 2050. Meeting that goal requires a transformation in land use across the UK. Government must confront the rapid changes that are now needed, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says in its first ever in-depth advice on UK agricultural policies.
18 December 2019 Insights

2020 must be the year of climate action

Much has been written about 2019’s General Election – much more will be said about the decisive result and its implications. GE2019 was not quite ‘the climate election’, as some had billed it, but it was the election where a seismic shift occurred in the ambitions of the main political parties in addressing climate change. Reaching net-zero emissions UK-wide is now baked in and attention must turn to making it happen.
8 August 2019 News story
Aerial photo of Saint Martin's fortified church in Aldington, Kent, England

CCC responds to IPCC land use and climate change report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today published a major new report which considers the importance of land use globally in reducing emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change.
18 July 2019 Publication

Wood in Construction in the UK: An Analysis of Carbon Abatement Potential (BioComposites Centre)

This report on the greenhouse gas abatement potential of increasing the use of timber in construction in the UK, led by the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University, informed the Committee on Climate Change’s 2018 report on the role of Biomass in a low-carbon economy..
18 July 2019 Publication

Biopolymers (bio-based plastics) – An overview (JCH Industrial Ecology Ltd)

This overview of biopolymers by Professor Callum Hill of JCH Industrial Ecology Ltd was commissioned to inform the Committee on Climate Change’s 2018 report on the role of Biomass in a low-carbon economy.
10 July 2019 Publication

Options for incorporating embodied and sequestered carbon into the building standards framework (AECOM)

There is potential to reduce carbon emissions further, by expanding the framework to address and drive down the lifecycle carbon associated with buildings, incorporating both embodied and sequestered carbon. This report, produced by AECOM for the Committee on Climate Change's Biomass in a low-carbon economy report, examines the options available for doing so.