Independent Committee on Climate Change delighted UK government has accepted 4th carbon budget recommendations

May 17th, 2011 by Committee on Climate Change

Dr David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, after speaking about carbon budgets at the SDUK conference in March 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said “we are delighted that the UK Government has accepted our recommendations on the 4th carbon budget (2023-2027). This is a world first: no other country has made legally binding commitments to ambitious emissions reduction targets for the 2020s.

Setting and meeting the carbon budget will place the UK in a strong position, both in terms of meeting the 2050 target, and building an economy very well placed to prosper in a low-carbon world.

The carbon budget will underpin much of the high level ambition set out in the Coalition Agreement. It is important now to translate this ambition into detailed policies with strong incentives.

The key areas to focus on now are the Electricity Market Reform, demonstration of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, the Green Deal, the Renewable Heat Incentive, and support for electric vehicle market development.

With the right policies in place, our analysis shows that we can achieve deep emissions cuts over the next two decades in power generation, buildings and surface transport at low cost.

Aiming now to introduce clean technologies in these sectors and meet the carbon budget will ensure that we make the right investment choices, maximising long-term growth and reducing our reliance on imported fossil fuels”.

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