The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) chairman Lord Deben has confirmed that the body will publish its recommendations for the UK’s sixth carbon budget in September 2020. The budget will provide Ministers with advice on the volume of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions the UK can create between 2033 and 2037, if it is to keep to its 2050 net-zero goal. It will be the first carbon budget to be created since the UK legislated for net-zero, with all other carbon budgets to date having been developed in line with the 2008 Climate Change Act’s original 2050 target of an 80% reduction in GHG emissions, against a 1990 baseline. In a letter to the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke MP today (17 October), Lord Deben said the CCC will be publishing its advice on the sixth carbon budget three months ahead of its legal requirement to do so, to ensure the final budget is completed ahead of COP26 in December 2020. “If the changes are to proceed at the rate required then an appropriate regime for public funding will be needed and the conditions for private investment must be right,” Lord Deben’s letter states.
Edie 17th Oct 2019 read more »
The Ecomodernists recognise the seriousness of the global ecological situation, but they argue that the way to solve it is to crank up technical advance and economic growth to enable the building of a vast quantity of resource-intensive devices that will deal with the problems. These are to include nuclear energy, high rise greenhouses, water desalination. Humans will all move into cities allowing nature to regenerate, agriculture will go into those greenhouses, and the Third World will be liberated from poverty. Thus they scorn the De growth movement seeing it as unnecessary, guaranteeing misery for all, and indeed actually ensuring the end of human progress. Following is a brief outline of the reasons why all these claims are somewhere between wrong and ridiculous.
Resilience 17th Oct 2019 read more »
The UK’s Climate Change Act is world-leading, in setting a long-term target – now net-zero – and interim five-yearly budgets, overseen by the Committee on Climate Change. However, beyond the top-level responsibility held by BEIS, it is not clear who is responsible for delivering these targets. Many Departments and Agencies of government make reference to decarbonisation, but this is not linked into the national carbon budget, and it is not clear where responsibility for achieving carbon budgets lies. For example, the Department for Transport, who are responsible for the rollout of Electric Vehicles, have presided over increases in carbon emissions from transport. The six stated ‘strategic objectives’ of the Department for Transport make no direct reference to carbon reduction. The Committee on Climate Change offers advice on reduction pathways for different sectors of the economy, but individual Departments and Agencies are free to take or leave this advice. Local authorities have no statutory duties on carbon, and activity on decarbonisation varies widely across authorities. We argue that a formal co-ordinating role should be devolved to local authorities. This should take the form of a new statutory duty on local authorities, requiring them to produce a Local Transformation Plan (LTP), which includes setting (in negotiation with central government) and meeting devolved carbon budgets; and the freedoms, flexibilities and funding to enable this process. The main purpose of the LTP would be to devolve responsibility to local areas, and to co-ordinate across energy, planning, transport and economic development.
IGov 17th Oct 2019 read more »