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11 March 2020 News story

Climate change measures in Budget 2020 a small step in the right direction

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) today welcomes new measures to reduce emissions and improve the UK’s resilience to climate change in the Government’s Budget 2020, but says new investment must now be supported by longer-term policies to get UK climate action back on track.
5 March 2020 Insights

The path to Net Zero – CCC’s homework in the Year of Climate Action

2020. It’s the year of climate action. The decade of delivery . Fridays are for the future. These slogans are apt at a crucial time in the fight against climate change. The groups issuing them– government, business, and citizens – must all work in partnership to achieve success. Here at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) we will continue to play our role, making evidence-based recommendations to inform the UK’s climate response. The big one for us this year will come on 9 September, when we publish our advice to Government on the recommended level of the sixth carbon budget.
6 February 2020 News story
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CCC welcomes climate action in Scottish Budget

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has welcomed Scotland’s budget for 2020-21, which includes a range of measures to help tackle Scottish emissions – including money for peatland restoration, and schemes to decarbonise heating, agriculture and transport.
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 Publication

Letter: CCC writes to the new Prime Minister

This is a letter from Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, and Baroness Brown, Chair of the CCC's Adaptation Committee, to new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
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.
17 December 2019 Publication

Reducing emissions in Scotland – 2019 Progress Report to Parliament

The eighth annual Progress Report to the Scottish Parliament, required by Scottish Ministers under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, assesses Scotland's progress in achieving its legislated targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
17 December 2019 News story
Committee on Climate Change Scottish Progress Report 2019

New ambitious actions needed for a Net Zero Scotland

Scotland must match the ambition of its world-leading Net Zero 2045 target with decisive action to strengthen climate change policy in all parts of the economy. Decisions over the next 12 months are likely to determine the direction of the next 25 years. The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2019 Progress Report to the Scottish Parliament shows that greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 3% in 2017, compared to a 10% fall in 2016.
5 December 2019 News story

CCC launches Call for Evidence to inform advice on UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has launched a new Call for Evidence to inform its advice to the UK Government on the Sixth Carbon Budget, due to be published in September 2020.