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28 June 2018 News story

Apply the lessons of the past decade, or risk a poor deal for the public in the next

Ten years after the Climate Change Act came into force, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the Government must learn the lessons of the last decade if it is to meet legally-binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the 2020s and 2030s. Unless action is taken now, the public faces an unnecessarily expensive […]
6 June 2018 Publication

ASC writes to Scottish Government about outcomes-based approach for the SCCAP

A letter from Kathryn Brown, Head of Adaptation for the Adaptation Sub-Committee, to Clare Harrison, Deputy Director, Head of Decarbonisation at the Scottish Government. The letter provides advice on using an outcomes-based approach for the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme.
6 June 2018 Publication

CCC writes to Michael Gove about proposed Environment Principles and Governance Bill

A letter from Lord Deben and Baroness Brown of Cambridge to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, in response to the consultation document on the proposed Environment Principles and Governance Bill.
17 January 2018 News story
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UK’s ambitious Clean Growth Strategy must be translated urgently into action

The Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, required under the Climate Change Act, sets out the next steps to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. Although ambitious, the Strategy does not go far enough. Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans and proposals, and supplement them with additional measures, to meet […]
17 January 2018 Publication

An independent assessment of the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy: From ambition to action

This report provides the Committee on Climate Change’s independent assessment of the UK Government's Clean Growth Strategy.
12 January 2018 Insights

25-Year Environment Plan – a climate change perspective

The long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan has been published, setting out the Government’s ambitions for enhancing the natural environment over the coming decades. Kathryn Brown provides an initial look at the Plan’s coverage of climate change, and whether it contains sufficient substance.
19 December 2017 Publication
Welsh carbon targets

Building a low-carbon economy in Wales – Setting Welsh carbon targets

This report advises on the level at which Welsh interim carbon targets and Welsh carbon Budgets should be set. It comes in response to a request from the Welsh Government for independent advice from the Committee on Climate Change on these targets. The Committee’s advice takes into account specific factors relating to the Welsh economy and its sources of emissions.
19 December 2017 News story

Wales can tackle climate change while protecting industry, jobs and future generations

Wales can play a leading role in tackling climate change while growing its economy and improving the wellbeing of its population, the Committee on Climate Change says today in a new report. ‘Building a low-carbon economy in Wales – Setting Welsh carbon targets’ provides independent advice to the Welsh Government on the level at which […]
6 November 2017 Publication

Role of agriculture, land use and the natural environment in tackling climate change

This letter, to the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, emphasises the crucial role that agriculture and the natural environment have to play in reducing UK emissions and preparing for a changing climate.
4 October 2017 Insights

Long-term outcomes for the natural environment – the climate change challenge

The independent Natural Capital Committee has just published its advice to the government on what long-term goals are needed for the UK’s natural environment over the coming 25 years. Climate change will exacerbate existing pressures on wildlife, water, soil health and habitats – so working out how this affects long-term goals (and how to measure success) is a huge challenge, says Kathryn Brown of the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) secretariat.