The UK is in danger of missing legally-binding carbon-reduction targets in five years’ time even if all existing policies are delivered in full, government climate change advisers have warned. A report from the Committee on Climate Change has warned that an “ambitious” £2.5bn Clean Growth Strategy, published last October, needs further detail. The plan does not go far enough to meet targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by the 2020s and 2030s, it says. In particular, policies to phase out the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 should be more ambitious. The aim should be for 60 per cent of new sales to be electric by 2030. New homes should be built to higher energy-efficient standards to save people money on their bills, the report said. Richard Black, director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, called on ministers to put in place new policies “fast”. “Three easy wins . . . would be cutting company-car tax for electric vehicles, repealing the ban on onshore wind power, which is the cheapest form of electricity generation, and rebooting Zero Carbon Homes. All of those could be done inside six months if ministers get on with it.”
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Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned. Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change – the official watchdog – says. The government says the UK is cutting emissions faster than any other G7 nation – and the committee agrees there has been a big shift under Theresa May. However, it says the UK will fall short of its ambitions unless ministers do more to turn pledges into reality.
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The UK will miss its legally binding climate goals without more ambitious policies, says the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
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Ministers must urgently set out further measures to cut carbon emissions across transport, energy, and heavy industry if the UK is to meet its legally binding emissions targets, the government’s climate watchdog the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said today. In its response to the government’s Clean Growth Plan, which was published in October after a lengthy delay, the CCC welcomed the government’s embrace of a “clean growth” narrative. But it warned much more policy work needed to be done to translate the government’s green ambitions into adequate emissions cuts on the ground.
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The Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, required under the Climate Change Act, sets out the next steps to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. Although ambitious, the Strategy does not go far enough. Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans and proposals, and supplement them with additional measures, to meet the UK’s legally-binding carbon targets in the 2020s and 2030s, the Committee on Climate Change says. The UK has made good progress in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions since the Climate Change Act was passed in 2008, nearly ten years ago. Emissions fell by 42% from 1990 to 2016 – faster than the average rate of reduction in the G7.
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The Government has just produced its final final final response to the consultation it set in process over two years ago about ending the presence of unabated coal by 2025. The response sets out in passing how the government is going to do this, and what measures it is going to put in place to ensure that coal really is off the system by 2025. This is quite welcome because judging from what is in the press, and from government inclusion of the target elsewhere in its documents – it’s a done deal. Now don’t get me wrong. That is a really good thing. I would have liked to see that ambition achieved a little earlier, and in a way that does not encourage coal plants, through what they are getting from the capacity market to run for as long as they can up to 2025. Just as there will be no or very limited space for unabated gas on the system in the 2040s, there can be no space for unabated coal now, with its emission level some seven times what we will have to achieve by the early 2030s. But does the detail in the response to the coal consultation actually achieve that in practice? I have my doubts. Coal is by no means destined for certain retirement in 2025 according to the formulations set out by the Government. Wouldn’t it perhaps be easier and more certain simply to produce a one (or maybe two) clause Bill that simply says something like ‘from the 31st March 2025 no unabated coal may be burned in any power station or similar plant in the UK’?
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Renewables are set to dominate the global energy market and demand for electric vehicles will soar over the next decade, but neither industry will make fast enough progress to ensure the world meets targets to limit temperature increases to well below 2C this century. That is the stark warning from management consultancy giant McKinsey, which will today release the Reference Case for its Global Energy Perspective report. The company’s McKinsey Energy Insights (MEI) division is predicting renewables will account for “almost all the growth in global power generation through to 2050”. Echoing projections earlier this week from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), today’s report predicts that in the next 5-10 years it will become more economic to build renewable capacity than operate existing gas- or coal-fired power plants in most markets. It argues that as a result utilisation rates for existing coal and gas fired power stations will fall over the coming decades. Similarly, the falling cost and improved performance of batteries is expected to result in soaring sales of EVs over the next decade. The report predicts EVs’ share of the global auto market will rise from just three per cent in 2020 to 20 per cent by 2030. Electric trucks are similarly expected to see their market share increase from one per cent to 12 per cent over the same period.
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