CCC attacks government for “shortfall” in net zero policy action

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned that the UK’s credibility on climate change is resting on the action the government takes over the next 18 months.

On Wednesday 10 July, the CCC released its 2019 Progress Report to Parliament on reduce UK emissions, stressing that there was a significant shortfall in net zero policy action, with a substantial gap between current plans and future requirements.

Specifically, it found that the government had delivered just one of 25 key policies necessary to steer emissions reductions back on track, while action to prepare homes, businesses and the natural environment for increased temperatures is now less ambitious than it was 10 years ago. The CCC also found across 33 key sectors, none have shown good progress with regards to managing climate change risk.

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee, said: “As the UK prepares to host next year’s global climate summit, the government has a window to demonstrate its commitment to addressing these responsibilities. Citizens, homes, workplaces and critical infrastructure must be prepared for a future with unavoidable climate impacts. The effects of climate change are already being felt in the UK.”

In next Monday’s Energy Spectrum, Cornwall Insight will offer extended coverage on the CCC report.