The Committee on Climate Change has published its latest report, part 1 of its advice on the Fourth Carbon Budget Review. It finds that there has been no significant change in the climate science, international and EU circumstances on which the budget was set in 2011; and therefore there is no legal or economic basis for a change in the budget (which sets the limit on UK emissions of greenhouse gas emissions 2023-27) at this time. It finds that the UK is not acting alone – many other countries have made ambitious commitments and are putting in place approaches to reduce emissions. At the European level, the level of the fourth carbon budget is at the low end of the range of ambition currently being discussed for EU emissions reduction through the 2020s. The Committee will provide part 2 of its advice, covering economic costs and other criteria, such as affordability, in December.
The full report is available from the CCC website