Ministers must seize the opportunity to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a defining moment in the fight against climate change, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says today. In its annual report to Parliament, the Committee provides comprehensive new advice to the Government on delivering an economic recovery that accelerates the transition to a cleaner, net-zero emissions economy and strengthens the country’s resilience to the impacts of climate change. Important steps have been taken in the last year, but much remains to be done. For the first time the Committee sets out its recommendations government department by government department. These are the urgent steps that must be taken in the months ahead to initiate a green, resilient COVID-19 recovery. They can be delivered through strong coordination across Whitehall. Doing so will propel the UK towards more rapid climate progress and position the country as an international climate leader ahead of the pivotal COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year. CCC Chairman, Lord Deben, said: “The UK is facing its biggest economic shock for a generation. Meanwhile, the global crisis of climate change is accelerating. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address these urgent challenges together; it’s there for the taking. The steps that the UK takes to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic can accelerate the transition to a successful and low-carbon economy and improve our climate resilience. Choices that lock in emissions or climate risks are unacceptable.”
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The UK has failed on 14 out of 21 progress indicators, falling further behind in many areas, says the CCC. And just two of 31 key policy milestones have been met over the past year, it adds. Chris Stark, the CCC’s chief executive, tells Carbon Brief he is willing to cut the government “a bit of slack” in light of the coronavirus crisis, but warns “we won’t do that next year”. The year-long delay to the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow is an “absolute blessing” for the UK, says Stark. It gives the government time to “get its ducks in a row” before hosting the crunch UN summit in late 2021, he says: “They are going to have egg on their face unless they get this year right.” The report lists what the government “must” do over the next 12 months, with a focus on the Covid-19 response. For the first time, the list is also broken down, department by department, to allow for more direct accountability and clearer messages for government officials.
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Sales of new petrol and diesel cars should be banned three years sooner than planned and fuel duty raised immediately to encourage the switch to greener transport, government advisers have said. The Committee on Climate Change is recommending that the car sales ban be introduced from 2032, not 2035, which was the deadline set by the government in February. That, in turn, had been brought forward from the previous target date of 2040. In its annual report to parliament, published yesterday, the committee also recommends a ban on installing new gas boilers by 2035, forcing people to switch to electric heat pumps or other low-carbon heating. The government has already promised to ban gas boilers in new houses from 2025.
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The UK is falling behind on its target to cut greenhouse gas emissions and risks a surge in carbon emissions as lockdown eases, the government’s climate advisers warn. Ministers must act fast if the UK is to avoid a massive rebound in carbon emissions after the coronavirus crisis eases, Lord Deben, chair of the committee on climate change (CCC), which published its progress report to parliament on Thursday, said. By setting up new schemes to insulate homes, raise carbon taxes, switch to electric vehicles and improve broadband, the government could spur a green recovery to create jobs and cut emissions permanently. The CCC found that the lack of clear leadership and direction from the prime minister was at the heart of the problem, just as the world was looking to the UK as host of the next UN climate summit.
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The government’s statutory adviser, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), publishes its progress report on Thursday on efforts to cut emissions. This is what it says needs to happen urgently if the UK is to reach its target of hitting net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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A green recovery is the only option to ensure a resilient economy can emerge amid the prospect of the “biggest economic shock for a generation” due to the coronavirus crisis, the government has been told. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said the tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic can still become “a historic turning point in tackling the global climate crisis”, and position the UK as a true leader on environmental policy. In its annual report to parliament, the committee said urgent steps must be taken in the months ahead to deliver rapid climate progress and accelerate the transition to a cleaner, net-zero emissions economy that will strengthen the country’s resilience to the impacts of climate change.
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Car taxes should be increased to help fund the battle against climate change, government advisers say. They say ministers should bring forward the date for ending sales of new conventional cars from 2035 to 2032. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the chancellor should also consider increasing the tax on gas for home heating. It says the changes should be made as the UK looks to recover from the Covid-19 crisis by creating jobs. The CCC also recommends the country aim to cut carbon emissions as part of a “green recovery“.
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Producing a Covid-19 recovery plan which is fully aligned with the UK’s 2050 net-zero climate target is “absolutely necessary and entirely possible” with strong coordination across Whitehall, Ministers have been told by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
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The government must immediately embark on a major green investment drive to upgrade homes and buildings, plant trees and restore peatland, upskill the workforce, and roll out low carbon transport infrastructure if it is to deliver a resilient recovery from Covid-19 and lay the foundations for a net zero economy, the UK’s top climate advisors have today warned Ministers. In a “bumper” edition of its annual assessment of progress towards the UK’s decarbonisation targets, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) called on the government to move without delay in supporting a raft of ‘no-regrets’, shovel-ready, and labour-intensive net zero projects that could help get the economy motoring again after the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Accelerating the rollout of energy efficiency and low carbon heating technologies could help create tens of thousands of jobs as we come out of the COVID-19 lockdown. A new report by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) looked at the potential for energy to bolster regions that have been hit particularly hard by the economic challenges caused by the pandemic. The report, entitled ‘Sealing the ‘Red Wall’: How home energy retrofits could level up the post-Covid jobs market in the UK’s hardest-hit areas’ shows that investing in low-carbon jobs has huge potential to help the UK ‘level up’.
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As the country bakes under a heatwave, the Government’s climate advisers have warned British homes are ill-prepared to cope with the hotter summers climate change will bring. The battle to stay cool at home this week is just a “taster” of things to come unless urgent steps are taken to retrofit buildings, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said.
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