Committee on Climate Change advises UK government…

Committee on Climate Change advises UK government to commit to reducing emissions by 68% cf. 1990 by 2030 (64% including IAS)
2020-12-03 23:48:00
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK government’s official advisers on climate matters, will give its formal advice on the the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget on 9th December 2020. Meanwhile the CCC’s Chairman, Lord Deben, has written to the Sec of State at BEIS, Alok Sharma, in response to his request for advice on the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), under the Paris Agreement.  The CCC is advising that the UK should commit to reducing territorial emissions by at least 68% from 1990 to 2030.  It is equivalent to a 64% reduction including international aviation and shipping (IAS) emissions, the basis of the CCC recommended Sixth Carbon Budget.  This would place the UK among the leading countries in climate ambition. This is necessary, to give world leadership, as the UK hosts the COP26 talks in November 2021. However, the CCC say the 68% cut excludes emissions from IAS. There should be “additional actions to reduce the UK’s contribution to IAS emissions.” The CCC says of IAS: “these emissions …must be addressed if the temperature goal of the Paris Agreement is to be met. The UK’s NDC should include clear commitments to act on emissions from international aviation and shipping, including both long-term and interim targets.” .Tweet     This letter responds to a request from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) advice on the level of the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Our formal advice on the the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget will be published on 9th December 2020. Letter: Advice on the UK’s 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) To The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 1 Victoria Street SW1H 0ET Advice on the UK’s 2030 NDC Dear Alok, We will publish our formal advice on the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget on December9th. You requested that the Climate Change Committee share our recommendation on the UK’s 2030 NDC prior to that date. I am pleased to do so. We welcome your insistence on ambitious UK climate leadership ahead of COP26. Its importance cannot be overstated. Global ambition for 2030 must increase significantly if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be met

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