Net Zero

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Yesterday the Climate Change Committee released its summary of the implications of the Cop28 outcome for the UK. The CCC warns that the government’s “mixed messages” did damage its reputation on the world stage and decarbonisation progress beyond electricity generation is lagging. Non energy generation emissions must quadruple to meet the UK’s target under the…

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Yesterday the Prime Minister was forced to react to a leak and bring forward a speech about his more ‘pragmatic’ approach to Net Zero. A lot of ink has been spilled over the speech and there are extensive minute by minute reports of the speech and this morning’s R4 Today programme interview in the Guardian…

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As readers will know we at CCL UK are affiliates of a worldwide organisation, Citizens’ Climate International, which endorses building the political will for a liveable world through five levers of political will. This type of people power has had notable results, most famously in Canada. The current Bretton Woods project has also given the…

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The Government’s revised energy stategy has had extensive coverage since its release yesterday. One piece of good news is that the need for Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is now back on the agenda. Sadly though, the Government has not taken this opportunity to reconsider the decision to continue to maximise  the exploitation of the…

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This last week brought news of record profits for oil and gas companies. The current crisis has led to a situation where companies also feel able to slow down progress on their self declared commitments to reaching Net Zero by 2050. BP has cut its 2030 emissions reduction target from 35-40% to 20%-30% of 2019…

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The report on the Net Zero consultation, Mission Zero-Independent Review of Net Zero authored by Chris Skidmore, has been published. The consultation received about 1800 responses including a formal response from CCL UK and 31 responses from individual members. Possibly contrary to the expectations of the commissioners of the consultation, participants felt that moving to…

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The government is consulting on how it delivers its net zero target under the changed circumstances of the current global crisis. This consultation will be more important than previously envisaged since acceptance of the High Court ruling that the net zero strategy is unlawful means the strategy will have to be rewritten! We urgently need…