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2017 CCC report to British Parliament on reducing emissions and preparing for climate change
18 Sep 2017

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Committee on Climate Change - 2017 report to Parliament on reducing emissions and preparing for climate change

On 29 June the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) made its ninth annual report to the UK Parliament on reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. The report highlights that there is a policy gap that needs to be closed if the UK is to meet its carbon budgets up to 2030. More action is needed to decarbonise heat and transport. The government is to respond with a Clean Growth Plan this September. It is anticipated that associated measures will offer opportunities for industry to improve its energy efficiency and decarbonise while remaining competitive.

Targets and achievements

The CCC is the independent statutory body that advises the UK government and devolved administrations on setting emissions targets, and reports on reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. This includes the 5th carbon budget for the 5 year period 2028-2032 which targets a 57% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on 1990 levels.

The CCC’s ninth report to Parliament highlights that UK GHG emissions have been reduced by 42% on 1990 levels but emissions reductions have so far been led by the power sector. In addition, many policies end in 2020 and there is policy gap for more than half of the budgeted GHG reductions.

Filling the post-2020 policy gap

The CCC recommends renewing current policies. These include Contracts for Difference (for electricity which will need to be 75% decarbonised by 2030), a Renewable Heat Incentive, and transport efficiency standards.  CCC also signals that new measures are needed for energy efficiency and decarbonisation of heat in industrial processes and buildings.

Specifically for industry, CCC recommends actions which include: an overall approach to long-term industrial decarbonisation which is integrated within the UK industrial strategy (currently being formulated); a strategic funded approach to industrial carbon capture and storage based around clusters; and an effective approach to drive sustained uptake of low-carbon heat in industrial processes and buildings.

Coming government decisions

At the CCC report to Parliament Claire Perry, the Minister for Climate Change and Industry confirmed that the Government will publish its intentions in its Clean Growth Plan this September.

It is anticipated that the Clean Growth Plan will be accompanied by action plans to decarbonise eight energy intensive sectors while remaining competitive.  This includes an action plan for the chemical sector which has been developed with the government by the Chemistry Growth Partnership.

We look forward to providing SPICE3 readers with an update when this happens.

 

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