Claire Perry has confirmed that the already agreed carbon budgets may be amended in response to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) net zero emissions review. The energy and clean growth minister was replying to a letter from the climate law group Plan B demanding an explanation for why the CCC was instructed not examine the third, fourth and fifth carbon budgets as part of the review. Last month, Perry wrote to CCC chair Lord Deben to ask the climate change watchdog to prepare advice for the government on how and when the UK could reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero. The request followed the publication of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on limiting global warming to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial temperatures. Perry said the carbon budgets already set in legislation were “out of scope” of the review. Plan B responded by calling for an “urgent clarification” on whether the CCC would be permitted to recommend changes to the agreed carbon budgets. The minister said the request did not constitute a direction to provide advice on carbon budgets under section 42 of the Climate Change Act, as Plan B had argued, and was therefore lawful. She continued: “Although I have asked the CCC not to consider formally carbon budgets already set in legislation as part of this commission, the request asks for evidence from the CCC on how reductions in line with the CCC’s recommendations might be delivered in key sectors of the economy.
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