The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has announced it is amending its advisory reports due for publication over the next 12 months to account for responses to the coronavirus pandemic, with a report on the UK’s sixth carbon budget pushed back to December. The CCC, which advised on the UK’s net-zero emissions target for 2050, is set to refocus some key policy documents to include advice on delivering recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in a manner that is aligned to the UK’s legally binding need to radically reduce emissions. Specifically, the CCC’s annual progress report to Parliament in June will feature rebuilding efforts for the economy and production in a way that supports a “just” transition towards net-zero emissions. The body will write to ministers in the coming weeks to kickstart this process. While COP26 has been pushed back to 2021 because of the coronavirus, the CCC is taking steps to ensure the Government is guided on efforts to mobilise a global climate agreement. The UK Government’s former chief climate negotiator and former lead negotiator for the EU, Pete Betts, has agreed to assist the CCC in this area. Betts is a veteran of 16 UN climate summits and was a lead negotiator for the EU when the Paris Agreement was created in 2015. The CCC’s Chief Executive, Chris Stark, said: “Responding to the pandemic is, rightly, the immediate priority for everyone. Eventually, thoughts will turn to the need to rebuild after coronavirus – the climate priorities can help shape these efforts. The Committee will offer advice to the Government on constructing a resilient recovery. Coronavirus is teaching us all the value of prudent planning for global shocks.”
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The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is to present advice to the government on supporting a resilient, low carbon economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis as part of its annual assessment of the UK’s progress towards its 2050 net zero greenhouse gas emissions goal this summer. The UK’s climate advisory body confirmed today that it would consider the impact of the pandemic on the UK’s climate goals, as it unveiled its revised work programme for 2020 in response to the disruption caused by the health crisis and subsequent national lockdown. The CCC said it would be writing to ministers “in the coming weeks” to set out its initial advice on ensuring that economic rebuilding efforts support a “just transition” towards net zero emissions, while also strengthening the UK’s preparedness for the escalating impacts of climate change. Then, in June, the Committee’s annual report to Parliament on the government’s progress towards net zero emissions will also set out more detailed advice on building a green, resilient recovery to the current crisis, CCC chief executive Chris Stark announced. The CCC’s advice on Sixth Carbon Budget, covering 2033-37 period, had been due for publication in September, but will now appear in December 2020. The Committee stressed the revised publication date still sat within the UK’s statutory timetable. The advice had been seen as a critical milestone in the run up to the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, which had been scheduled for November, but has now been postponed until next year.
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