The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) chair, co-chair and chief analyst believe that the UK’s transition to net-zero could be accelerated, rather than hampered, by the Covid-19 crisis. The thought leaders expressed their sentiments during a BEIS Committee inquiry session on Thursday (2 July), conducted as part of the Committee’s probe into the UK’s net-zero transition. During the session, Wealden MP Nusrat Ghani expressed concern that the UK’s 2050 net-zero target is now “unachievable” because of the impact which Covid-19 has had on policymaking, supply chains and investment in low-carbon sectors. The CCC’s director of analysis Mike Thompson reassured her by revealing that the Committee will be releasing updated research on pathways to net-zero in December, considering the “full extent” of Covid-19-related impacts. The sixth carbon budget is also due in the latter half of this year. “We’ve not seen anything in our net data to suggest that we can’t get to net-zero; if anything, it will be slightly easier than we thought before,” Thompson said. “The more we look at this, the more confident we are that 2050 is absolutely achievable as a date, in various different ways.” CCC deputy chair Baroness Brown also offered her assurances, noting that the pandemic response “shows how rapidly we can change our behaviours and societal norms”.
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