The Sixth Carbon Budget report is based on an extensive programme of analysis, consultation and consideration by the Committee and its staff, building on the evidence published last year for our Net Zero advice. In support of the advice in this report, we have also produced: A Methodology Report, setting out the evidence and methodology behind the scenarios. A Policy Report, setting out the changes to policy that could drive the changes necessary particularly over the 2020s. All the charts and data behind the report, as well as a separate dataset for the Sixth Carbon Budget scenarios, which sets out more details and data on the pathways than can be included in this report. A public Call for Evidence, several new research projects, three expert advisory groups and deep dives into the roles of local authorities and businesses.
Climate Change Committee 9th Dec 2020 read more »
Sixth Carbon Budget: UK will need to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 to meet net-zero. Under the original Climate Change Act, the UK Pledged to cut net emissions by 80% by 2050. Now, it will need to deliver a 78% reduction by 2035 if it is to meet its long-term net-zero commitment. That is according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC), which has today (9 December) published its much-anticipated Sixth Carbon Budget. The Budget covers the period between 2033 and 2037 and has been described by the CCC as the “toughest yet”. Speaking to media representatives in a virtual press briefing earlier this week, CCC chief executive Chris Stark said that the UK will need to decarbonise at a faster pace in the next 30 years than it has in the past 30 if the net-zero target is to be met.
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Green groups and trade bodies have broadly welcomed the Climate Change Committee’s Sixth Carbon Budget, headlined by a recommendation to cut annual emissions by 78% by 2035. But they want to see the Government act rapidly and boldly to prove it can deliver. Tom Greatrex, chief executive, the Nuclear Industry Association: “The CCC’s recommendation that we should build enough new nuclear to replace the current fleet by 2035 is a good start, but we will have to build twice that amount to be on track for net-zero. Right now, we regularly rely on gas and coal for most of our power, and we need to replace all of it in the next 15 years. “Replacing the current fleet should be the starting point, not the limit, of our ambition.” Mike Childs, head of science, Friends of the Earth: “This is too conservative given the havoc and misery extreme weather is already causing, particularly to the poorest people in the world who have contributed least to climate breakdown. “Areas like energy efficiency and eco-heating are challenging but would come on in leaps and bounds with immediate and sustained investment. For example, heat pumps are a proven technology and we should be aiming to phase out the installation of new gas boilers well before 2030 and fitting approximately 10 million heat pumps by the same date. Rapid investment in training fitters and hiring new apprenticeships will get this done. “It’s what government does right now that will determine if we meet our carbon pollution reduction goals. And what the government is doing is ploughing £27 billion into climate-wrecking roads as well as funding damaging fossil-fuel projects overseas.”
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The Climate Change Committee says that, for less than 1% of national wealth, the UK can reduce 78% of emissions by 2035, based on 1990 levels. This brings forward the UK’s clean energy timetable by 15 years – a previously unimaginable leap. The report says the low costs for the transformation are due to new clean technologies also being more efficient. The authors say people can play their part by eating less red meat, curbing flying, driving less and installing low-carbon heating. They estimate the costs of the low-carbon revolution will scale up to an annual £50bn by 2030 from around $10bn today, with most being private investment. By 2030, they estimate that some of these costs will be offset by fuel savings of £18bn. Prof Euan Nisbet from Royal Holloway, University of London, who was not involved with the report, said: “This is a massively important report that maps out a whole new economy for Britain to create a better country.
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Plummeting clean technology costs have made meeting the UK’s net zero emissions goal more affordable than ever, but the pace of climate action must be rapidly accelerated over the coming decade across every sector of the economy in order to avoid driving up decarbonisation costs in the future. That is the conclusion of a “world first” analysis unveiled by the government’s independent climate advisory body today, which for the first time provides a detailed vision for driving down greenhouse gas emissions to net zero right across one of the world’s largest industrialised economies. In its landmark report today, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) warns the government the 2020s must be the decisive decade in the UK’s efforts to decarbonise its economy. Every car, van, replacement boiler, and the entire electricity grid must be zero carbon by the early 2030s, it said, and the economy as a whole must prepare to deliver deep decarbonisation at a pace that until recently had been expected to take an additional 15 years. The report details how rapid changes in recent years in the cost of renewables, electric vehicles, the sophistication of smart grid technologies, the emergence of technologies for decarbonising carbon intensive sectors, and public and political engagement with the climate crisis have all served to demonstrate how the transition to net zero emissions is likely to prove considerably more affordable than was expected even a few years ago.
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The UK should ban sales of fossil-fuel heating systems within 13 years in order to meet the 2050 net-zero emissions target enshrined in law last year, the government’s climate change advisers have said. In a “blueprint for a fully decarbonised UK” published today, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) said gas boilers, which heat 85 per cent of UK homes should only be sold from 2025 if they are able to burn hydrogen, and sales should be banned entirely by 2033. The report calls for a million heat pumps per year to be installed by 2030. Most of the first ones are expected to go in new homes – the government is expected to ban gas boilers in new builds from 2023 – and homes off the gas grid. Some gas boilers may also use hydrogen in the 2030s, while some homes in cities will rely on centralised heat networks.
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Path to net zero puts heavy burden on UK consumers. Revolution in transport, food and energy needed to hit 2050 target, say climate advisers. The new CCC road map spells out in detail for the first time the significant role consumer behaviour will play in the UK’s efforts to end its contribution to climate change. The new CCC Roadmap details for the first time the important role that consumer behavior plays in the UK’s efforts to end its contribution to climate change. To date, most emission reductions achieved since 1990 have been “invisible” to the general public as they have been phased out of coal-fired power plants. “More than ever” future emission reductions depend on choices such as reducing meat consumption. This should be reduced by nearly 35% by 2050. Choose to reduce driving and limit flights. He added that these changes should be encouraged through movements such as public authorities that offer plant-based options in all diets before alternatives such as “pricing, etc.” are considered.
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Oil and gas industry warned it needs to become ‘wholly different’ as CCC releases landmark net zero report.
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The world’s first detailed route map to ending a nation’s use of fossil fuels is both “ambitious and affordable”, according to the UK government’s official advisers, and would see half of the cars on the road being electric by 2030 and 10,000 giant wind turbines in the North Sea. The Climate Change Committee’s analysis found that the future cost savings from no longer having to buy oil and gas almost offsets the £50bn-a-year investment needed in low-carbon power, transport and home heating across the next three decades.
Guardian 9th Dec 2020 read more »
A cleaner, greener future is set out in a detailed new route map towards ending the UK’s climate emissions by 2050 from the Climate Change Committee, the government’s official advisers. “These stretching targets will see climate policies increasingly overlap with everyday life, bringing changes in the cars we drive and how we heat our homes,” said Jonathan Marshall, at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit. “The overwhelming backing among the British public for climate action means that these measures are likely to be popular and well supported, as long as well-thought policies are used to bring about change.”
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The UK faces a massive task to keep its promise of producing ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2050 – but it is a “realistic and affordable” goal, the government’s official climate change adviser will warn. Sales of gas boilers will need to be halted by 2033 and new fossil-fuelled car sales – including hybrids – should end in 2032, to put the UK on track, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC).
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An overhaul to every sector of the UK’s economy will be needed if we are to hit net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the UK’s independent climate advisers. In a world first, the UK’s Climate Change Committee has produced a detailed roadmap for how the country can reduce its emissions to zero, on average, over the next 30 years. If the advice is fully accepted by the government, it could bring sweeping changes to the way we live our lives. For example, the report recommends that the sale of new petrol vehicles and oil and gas boilers are phased out by the early 2030s, and that the amount of meat that we eat declines by around 35 per cent by 2050.
Independent 9th Dec 2020 read more »
Almost every aspect of British life will need a complete overhaul, from the cars we drive to what we eat and the products we buy, if we are to meet the target of net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the government’s climate advisers. The UK’s Climate Change Committee (CCC) today set out in detail the steps we will need to take over the next 30 years in order to effectively end Britain’s contribution to the climate crisis.
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Homeowners face a bill of up to £8,000 to eliminate emissions from heating under proposals from the government’s climate change advisers to phase out fossil fuel boilers. The climate change committee (CCC) calls today for sales of new oil-fired boilers to be phased out by 2028, and gas boilers by 2033, and for a huge programme of home insulation to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. It also wants Britons to eat significantly less meat to help reduce emissions from cattle and sheep, with consumption falling by 9 per cent by 2025, 20 per cent by 2030 and 35 per cent by 2050. Dairy consumption should also fall by a fifth over the coming decade. The committee proposes that all boilers sold from 2025 would have to be “hydrogen ready”, meaning they could be converted to burning hydrogen if it later became available in the local gas grid. These cost about £100 more than regular boilers at present, though the CCC expects this cost to fall. It says that by 2028 the government should aim for all homes that are sold to be at least rated C for energy performance but stops short of saying how this should be achieved. More than 65 per cent of the 15.5 million owner-occupied homes are below this rating at present.
Times 9th Dec 2020 read more »