Green campaigners and climate experts are set for disappointment as the UK government prepares to publish its carbon target for 2030. Environmental and development groups have been pushing the prime minister to opt for a stretching target of cutting emissions by 75% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, which would have put the UK at the forefront of developed countries in fighting the climate crisis.
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The UK will aim to cut its carbon emissions by at least 68% of what they were in 1990 by the end of 2030, Boris Johnson has announced. The PM said the “ambitious” target would see the UK cutting emissions faster than any major economy so far. And he urged other world leaders to follow his lead at a virtual climate summit on 12 December. Scientists have welcomed the news – but say it does not guarantee dangerous climate change will be avoided. They urged Mr Johnson to impose policies to back up his ambitions – currently the UK is slipping behind its existing targets. The PM said: “We have proven we can reduce our emissions and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process – uniting businesses, academics, NGOs and local communities in a common goal to go further and faster to tackle climate change. “Today, we are taking the lead with an ambitious new target to reduce our emissions by 2030 faster than any major economy.
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Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma to the Climate Change Committee regarding the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution. Rhe UK Government intends to set out our new NDC by the Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December 2020. We are taking all steps possible to make sure the Summit is a platform for bold international commitments and generates the greatest possible momentum and ambition ahead of COP26. We recognise that any UK NDC needs to align with our commitments under the Paris Agreement and take account of our legally-binding domestic commitment to net zero by 2050. We are aware that the Climate Change Committee are working on formal advice for our Sixth Carbon Budget that is due to be published on 9 December 2020. I understand that this publication will include guidance on the UK’s new NDC. In order to facilitate an announcement by the Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December, we would find it helpful if you were able to share any final guidance that you wish to offer on the UK’s NDC by 30 November.
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This letter responds to a request from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) advice on the level of the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Our formal advice on the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget will be published on 9th December 2020. We recommend that the UK commits to reduce territorial emissions by at least 68% from 1990 to 2030, as part of the UK’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) to the UN process.
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A UK reduction in territorial emissions of at least 68% as part of its nationally determined contribution (NDC) has been recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). NDCs – which form part of the Paris Agreement – detail the efforts of each country to reduce national emissions, with the CCC stating that a 68% reduction from 1990 to 2030 would be “world leading”. The CCC is set to release its formal advice on the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget on 9 December 2020
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The UK officially unveiled a target to reduce emissions by 68% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, on Thursday night (3 December). The target will act as a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement, which determines the required domestic action each country must take to help deliver on the global agreement. The UK’s original NDC was a 53% reduction by 2030 and was submitted as part of the European Union and while pushing towards an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050, rather than the new net-zero target that has since been enshrined into law.
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The long-awaited Energy White Paper is due to be published imminently, with Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng today signalling he was “confident” it would be published before the end of the year. The plan is expected to feature wide-ranging plans to increase investment in renewables, new nuclear projects, carbon capture and storage hubs, and energy efficiency upgrades. Meanwhile, the CCC is set to publish its hotly-anticipated advisory report to the government on Wednesday on how the UK can meet its statutory climate targets in the mid-2030s through the Sixth Carbon Budget, which is likely to include a host of additional policy recommendations alongside evidence the projected cost of delivering on the UK’s long term net zero goal has fallen sharply.
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