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19 August 2019 Blog

No surprises? Our latest adaptation progress report

The Adaptation Committee published its report on progress in preparing for climate change in July. In a previous blog I gave some high level reflections on the Government’s latest National Adaptation Programme. It’s fair to say that our assessment has some blunt messages about lack of progress and low ambition in England.
5 August 2019 News story

Spotlight on UK infrastructure as climate changes

Recent events at Whaley Bridge dam in Derbyshire have raised questions about UK infrastructure and its ability to cope with a changing climate. In response, the Committee on Climate Change has issued a  brief statement.
28 May 2019 Publication

Zero Emission HGV Infrastructure Requirements (Ricardo Energy and Environment)

The Committee on Climate Change commissioned Ricardo Energy and Environment to carry out research to assess the infrastructure requirements and costs for the deployment of different zero emission heavy goods vehicle (HGV) technology options.
22 May 2019 Publication

Extension to Fuel Switching Engagement Study – Deep decarbonisation of UK industries – Assumptions Log

In a previous study for BEIS, Element Energy and Jacobs considered the potential of fuel switching in industrial heating applications. The study covered just over half of fossil fuel use in manufacturing (120 TWh of a total 215 TWh). The Committee on Climate Change commissioned Element Energy to extend the study so that abatement of all manufacturing combustion emissions by fuel switching was considered.
22 May 2019 Publication

Assessment of options to reduce emissions from fossil fuel production and fugitive emissions (Element Energy)

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) commissioned Element Energy and the Imperial College Consultants/The Sustainable Gas Institute to assess the scope to reduce emissions from fossil fuel production and fugitive emissions to inform the CCC’s assessment of how the UK could reach net-zero emissions.
24 September 2018 News story

Scotland still outperforms the UK in reducing emissions but transport and agriculture remain significant challenges

Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, but successful strategies for energy and waste mask a lack of progress in other parts of the Scottish economy.
24 July 2018 News story

Climate change means more action is needed to address risk of UK heatwaves and water shortages

The current UK heatwave and water shortages highlight the need for Government to redouble its efforts to address the risk from climate change, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says.
19 July 2018 News story

CCC welcomes publication of Government’s second National Adaptation Programme

The Government has today published the second National Adaptation Programme (NAP) for England, setting out how it intends to manage the increasing risks from flooding, drought, heat, sea level rise and severe weather. The Committee has responded.
19 July 2018 Blog

The new National Adaptation Programme: Hit or miss?

Every five years the UK government sets out how it intends to manage the increasing risks from flooding, drought, heat, sea level rise and severe weather in a ‘National Adaptation Programme.’ Kathryn Brown, Head of Adaptation at the Committee on Climate Change, takes a first look at the government’s latest plan and considers whether it’s fit for purpose.
10 July 2018 News story

Government’s Road to Zero Strategy falls short, CCC says

The Road to Zero Strategy contains welcome ambition to increase the number of electric vehicles on UK roads by 2030 and to increase new charging infrastructure in homes and on streets. But there are many missed opportunities too, the CCC says.