In an uncompromising message directed at the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, an independent advisory group has told him he must rapidly “level with people” over the facts on climate. The advisers say Johnson needs to do this within a matter of months, before the UK hosts the UN climate conference, COP-26, in Glasgow in November, because the road it faces will be “tricky”. The advice comes from the Climate Change Committee (CCC), an independent statutory body set up to advise the UK government and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, on emissions targets, and to report to Parliament on progress made in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Last week the CCC’s chief executive, Chris Stark, said the level of risk posed by climate change had risen in the last five years, and the extent of planning to adapt to it was “really shocking”.
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The UK government has once again failed to come forward with sufficient policies to meet the ambition of its climate goals, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC). Across nearly 500 pages examining the government’s net-zero and adaptation targets, the climate advisers spell out the gap between aspirations and reality in a pair of new reports. Only four of 21 key decarbonisation areas outlined in the report have seen sufficient ambition and only two have adequate policies in place for cutting emissions, according to the CCC. None of the 34 adaptation priority areas it identifies have seen strong progress. The committee says it is “disappointing” that many “vital and long-promised plans”, concerning everything from clean transport to hydrogen, have yet to emerge.
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The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has criticised the lack of firm policies to back up the UK’s ambitious climate change targets. In the group’s latest two progress reports, it warned that time is running out for realistic climate commitments. As such, it is “absolutely critical” that a new net zero strategy is published before the COP26 climate summit, which is set to be held in Glasgow in November. This must be backed fully by the Treasury, and accompanied by a commitment to prepare the country for the risks facing it.
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The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has called for “long-term ambition” around solar and other renewables. Two progress reports were released by the CCC today, assessing the UK’s success in cutting emissions and adapting to climate risks. Within the first of these ‘Progress in reducing emissions – 2021 Report to Parliament’ the Committee outlines the relative success of the electricity grid, but calls on government to “act quickly – be bold and decisive” and bring in further policy to support the transition to net zero. It recommends renewables growing to meet 70% of the UK’s electrical demand by 2035, a significant jump from the 29% they accounted for in 2020.
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