Head of CCC discusses “critical” 2020 ahead for climate change

Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, has warned that the next six months in the UK will be “more important than any six months since we started focusing on climate change”.

Stark, speaking at the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association’s annual conference on 11 December, told delegates that the strength of the government would be a massive issue following the election, with it having to be strong enough to make tough decisions as 2020 looks a “critical” year in the facing the challenge of cutting emissions.

Stark, speaking prior to Boris Johnson winning a majority in the general election, expressed his hope that the next administration would deliver a set of policies that make sense, warning that without the right conditions in the next ten years, the next millennium will look “pretty ropey”. Stark said: “Policy needs to happen very quickly or the transition starts to look extremely difficult.”

Stark added that despite parliament passing the net zero law in June, there had been very little other than talking on tackling carbon emissions. With Glasgow hosting the UN COP 26 climate change talks, Stark said the UK government would be under pressure to deliver a credible plan for cutting emissions by the end of 2020.