UK on track to meet second carbon budget, says government

The UK is “on track” to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 29% by the end of this year. New statistics from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reveal the UK has seen a fall in emissions, mainly due to a decrease in coal consumption. The data includes final […]

MPs urge government to set fifth carbon budget

A group of MPs are calling on the UK Government to set a fifth carbon budget, which includes cutting emissions from international shipping. In a new report launched by the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC), they are urging the government to accept the recommendation of 1,765 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). That […]

UK climate watchdog suggests 54% emissions cut by 2030

The UK should aim to reduce its carbon emissions by 54% by 2030. That’s the advice from the Energy and Climate Change Committee ahead of the new global deal expected to be set at the COP21 conference in Paris in December. Under the Climate Change Act, the Committee is required to advise the government on […]

Major UK firms call for stronger climate action

David Cameron is being urged to set an ambitious climate target in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. A total of 80 UK businesses, including Big Six energy company SSE and National Grid and brands such as Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Tesco, have written to the Prime Minister to take “decisive action” to […]

UK makes first carbon budget with “worrying” blip

New official figures show the UK hit its “milestone” carbon targets between 2008 and 2012. That’s despite a blip which saw emissions rise from 2011 to 2012 which Energy Secretary Ed Davey described as “worrying”. Government statistics show carbon emissions in the UK fell 36.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e) below the ceiling of […]

Major businesses call on Government to back carbon targets

An alliance of more than 100 organisations including businesses, trade groups, investors and NGOs, have urged the UK Government to follow the advice of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and stick to its carbon reduction targets. Firms including SSE, Kingfisher, DONG Energy, WWF and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) published a joint statement in […]

Stick to carbon emissions targets, says CCC

There is no legal or economic case for reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions targets, the government’s climate change advisers said today. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) believes there is nothing to “justify a lowering of ambition” of the fourth carbon budget which was set in 2011 to meet the target of cutting 80% […]

MPs urge Britain to stick to climate targets

Britain must stick to its targets for limiting greenhouse gas emissions despite criticism from the Treasury, a group of MPs have warned. The UK Government is required to set a series of targets for greenhouse gas emissions over five-year periods up to 2027, known as carbon budgets, which aims to put the nation on track […]

Manufacturers pin hopes on "caveat" to lower carbon budget

Manufacturers appear to be pinning their hopes on activating a “caveat” in legally binding rules for cutting carbon which would lessen the burden on British businesses. Trade body EEF has flagged up the notion of a caveat just as the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) told Energy Secretary Ed Davey the UK’s fourth carbon budget […]

Government faces uphill struggle to hit emissions targets?

The Government could face an uphill struggle on reining in the nation’s carbon emissions in future, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) suggested today. The UK is obliged under the Climate Change Act to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 and a series of “carbon budgets” setting out ways to achieve this have been set […]