Costs involved with decarbonising the UK’s economy to net zero have fallen in the last year, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). The organisation is scheduled to release a report next month setting out the levels of investment needed and the policies governments should pursue to drive down carbon emissions over the coming years. Chris Stark, chief executive of the CCC, says work on the study is “coming together nicely” and that the measures set out are all “perfectly feasible”. It’s hoped the recommendations in the report will influence Westminster’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which will establish the UK’s 2030 commitment for cutting emissions. The NDC is expected to be published on December 12 this year, five years to the day since the Paris Agreement was signed. Mr Stark says he hopes that will be the moment the UK Government will “step out” and demonstrate it really “means business” with regards to slashing emissions. Speaking at the virtual All-Energy conference, he said: “We’re going to offer our recommendations on the NDC on December 9. That’s the date we’ll publish what I hope will be the most important report that the CCC has ever produced. “Building on the work that we did last year we’re going to be plotting a course for the UK and Scotland to get all the way to net zero. “It’s my ambition that the CCC describe in detail how we can achieve that in the next 20 to 30 years and you can expect from us in December a much clearer blueprint about those things.
Energy Voice 5th Nov 2020 read more »
It is hard not to see Trump and his fellow travellers around the world as being a predictable response to the escalating climate crisis. Some people were always going to react to the dislocation created by climate change’s rolling crises by building walls, blaming others, stoking conflict, and hoarding resources. Worryingly no one has yet quite worked out a fool-proof playbook for defeating this modern take on some of the oldest and most harmful political and tribal impulses. But any hopes of averting a climate catastrophe in the second half of the century are contingent on these forces being vanquished. As such, anyone who wants to bequeath a habitable biosphere and sustainable economy to the next generation – including businesses and investors – is going to have to pick a side. That much, at least, is certain.
Business Green 4th Nov 2020 read more »
Mr Johnson told the CBI yesterday that he would be giving a speech next week in which he would flesh out the government’s climate change strategy. This speech needs to be more than boosterism about technological moonshots such as carbon storage and capture and hydrogen, important though these may be. A robust strategy will require difficult decisions, including multi-year spending commitments, a new carbon pricing mechanism after Britain leaves the EU’s emissions trading scheme and new standards for housebuilding, home heating and appliances. That will pose costs on businesses and households, but it need not be economically damaging. The International Monetary Fund reckons that green infrastructure investment can be growth and productivity-enhancing by creating opportunities for private sector investment and jobs. Mr Johnson does not have long to get this right. He has already had one lucky reprieve, since it is clear that the government was hopelessly ill-prepared to negotiate a deal had the summit gone ahead as planned this week. But a virtual meeting will take place on December 12, hosted by Britain, when governments are supposed to set out their own national carbon reduction plans. That will be a first test of the government’s credibility. If it wants to impress a possible President-elect Biden, it had better not flunk it.
Times 5th Nov 2020 read more »