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Oct 12 5 tweets 2 min read
Since our last Progress Report in June, there have been important climate announcements from Government, including the PM’s speech. As promised, we have run the numbers. We remain concerned about the likelihood of achieving the UK’s future targets. (1/5)🧵…
A portrait image of CCC Chair Professor Piers Forster alongside a quote from him - "We remain concerned about the likelihood of achieving the UK's future targets, especially the substantial policy gap to the UK's 2030 goal." Tangible policy progress has been made since June. We have seen an increase in the percentage of the required emissions reductions covered by credible plans. Government must look to increase this further and improve consumer confidence in clean technologies. (2/5)
Jun 29, 2022 10 tweets 5 min read
Our latest 600-page assessment of UK progress to reduce emissions is out today. Read the report, take a look at our new monitoring framework and flick through 300+ detailed recommendations. But first, let us take you through some of our key messages 🧵👇 Image This report marks a step change for the CCC, as we increase our focus on tangible delivery of Net Zero across the economy. Using our new monitoring framework, we will be tracking progress against the Net Zero Strategy with new indicators against a model of change for each sector. A table showing the summary...
Jun 16, 2021 10 tweets 4 min read
The Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk (CCRA3) considers more than 60 risks and opportunities affecting every aspect of life in the UK. We find that the overall level of risk facing the UK has increased in the last five years. #UKClimateRisk (1/10) The climate is changing, in the UK and globally, with further warming up to 2050 now largely inevitable. Only by understanding and preparing for the coming changes can the UK prosper: protecting its people, its economy, and its natural environment. (2/10)
Dec 9, 2020 12 tweets 7 min read
The Sixth Carbon Budget (2033-2037) charts the decisive move to zero carbon for the UK. The CCC shows that polluting emissions must fall by almost 80% by 2035, compared to 1990 levels – a big step-up in ambition. (1/12) #UKCarbonBudget 🧵 Our recommended Sixth Carbon Budget would achieve well over half of the required emissions reduction to 2050 in the next 15 years, but decisive action must start today. (2/12) #UKCarbonBudget
Jan 23, 2020 11 tweets 5 min read
#Thread - Agriculture and forestry may be small sectors of the UK economy but they have an important role in delivering the UK’s Net Zero target. #NetZero will not be met without changes in how we use our land. (1/11) The CCC’s previous work has shown it is possible to reduce land-based emissions of greenhouse gases while contributing to other strategic priorities for land such as climate change adaptation, food production and biodiversity. (2/11)
Dec 17, 2019 11 tweets 4 min read
[1/11] As the UK prepares to host COP in Glasgow in 2020, with the right policies and the committed support of Westminster, Scotland can lead the way in ending the UK’s contribution to global warming for good. #ScottishProgressReport #thread [2/11] Scotland reduced its emissions by 3% in 2017, mainly due to the power sector. Increasing low-carbon generation will be crucial to enable other sectors of the economy to decarbonise, but there is now very little scope to reduce direct emissions from electricity generation.
Jul 10, 2019 11 tweets 10 min read
Need a quick overview of our new report assessing progress in preparing for the impacts of climate change in #England? Look no further! Read the full report…, take a look at our new infographic… or check out the following #thread [1/10] Ministers must strengthen policy on adaptation & put resources in place to drive action to prepare for climate impacts in #England. Our report finds that support services/funding have been eroded over past 10yrs & latest National Adaptation Programme is not strong enough.
Jul 10, 2019 10 tweets 4 min read
CCC Progress Report 2019

Today the CCC launches its annual Progress Report (…). Government & Parliament recently adopted a net-zero target for GHG emissions in 2050. What happened in the last year & what is needed for net-zero?

(1/10) #UKClimateAction UK emissions fell by 2.3% in 2018 and are now 40% below 1990 levels (including emissions from international aviation and shipping)
May 2, 2019 15 tweets 5 min read
*Thread* Our technical report shows how a Net Zero target can be delivered across the economy through a range of costed scenarios. (1/15) #NetZeroUK… Power sector emissions can be reduced to almost zero through the deployment of #renewables and firm low-carbon power - such as nuclear and CCS - whilst providing twice the amount of electricity as today. Gas will continue to play a role, but will need to be decarbonised. (2/15)
May 2, 2019 20 tweets 8 min read
Today the CCC advises the UK should set a Net-Zero emissions target for 2050, including emissions from aviation and shipping.

This stops the UK’s contribution to global warming and is achievable at low cost through UK domestic effort.


#NetZeroUK In October 2018 the Governments of the UK, Scotland and Wales asked the CCC to consider the UK’s long-term emission targets in light of the Paris Agreement and the IPCC special report on 1.5°C…
Mar 19, 2019 10 tweets 8 min read
Chris Stark, @theCCCuk, says this is a 'crunch moment' for the CCC, thanks to renewed interest in climate change and #NetZero emissions, ahead of the Committee's forthcoming advice to Government on the UK's long-term #climatechange targets, due out on 2 May 2019 #UKClimateAction Chris takes us back to 2008, and the CCC's initial advice to Government which was commensurate with keeping global temps to below 2degsC - an 80% reduction in emissions below 1990 levels - which Parliament agreed. But 'a great deal has changed' since then he adds #UKClimateAction
Feb 21, 2019 10 tweets 10 min read
THREAD: Today, our new report on #UKhousing sets out how the quality of UK homes must improve to reduce emissions and ensure they are ready for a changing climate. Read the report here:… #Homes #UKClimateAction (1/10) #climatechange UK homes are not fit for the future. The Climate Change Act requires near-zero greenhouse gas emissions from homes by 2050 but efforts to reduce emissions have stalled. Most homes use fossil fuel heating; <500k have heat pumps or are connected to low-carbon heat networks. (2/10)
Nov 15, 2018 12 tweets 11 min read
*New thread* Today we've published two new reports on UK #land use & #biomass setting out why they're important in tackling climate change & how our land can help to build resilience to climate impacts. Here's a summary of both:… and… Kicking off with land use: Our report says fundamental reform to how land is used and managed is needed to deliver the UK’s climate goals. There is now a unique opportunity to define a better land strategy that can tackle the challenges of #climatechange. Read the Exec Summary.
Jun 28, 2018 11 tweets 6 min read
CCC Progress Report 2018

Today the Committee launches its 10th annual Progress Report to Parliament. What happened to UK emissions last year and what more needs to be done to meet our climate targets? (1/11)

#UKClimateAction In 2017 global emissions rose by 1.4%, for the first time in several years. EU emissions also rose, by 1.8% (2/11) #UKClimateAction
Jan 17, 2018 10 tweets 5 min read
Our independent assessment of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy - and whether it is on track to meet carbon budgets - is published today at… 1/10 #UKClimateAction Our June 2017 Progress Report assessed the gaps to meeting the fourth & fifth carbon budgets at 155 & 260 MtCO₂e. Government is required by the Climate Change Act to publish their plans to fill these gaps /2 #UKClimateAction