UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) 4th Carbon Budget Review

The CCC is the independent statutory body established under the UK Climate Change Act 2008. The Climate Change Act (2008) made the UK the first country to establish a long-term legally binding framework to cut carbon emissions. It contains a target requiring emissions reductions of 80% by 2050.

The fourth carbon budget, covering 2023-2027, was set in June 2011 following advice from the CCC in December 2010. As part of the agreement to set the budget, the Government announced that it would be reviewed in 2014.

The 4th Carbon Budget Review is found here, and comprises:

Part 1 (assessment of climate risk and the international response) published 7th November 2013,
Part 2 (cost-effective path to the 2050 target) and Technical Report (sectoral analysis) published today 11th December 2013.

Find here the launch presentation –

“the UK’s 2050 target requires very deep cuts in emissions across the economy”

“in 2010 we developed a feasible and cost-effective planning scenario for 2030 that is compatible with the 2050 target”

“the UK’s 2050 target of an 80% emissions reduction remains appropriate”

“the cost-effective path to meeting the 2050 target goes beyond the level of ambition in the 4th carbon budget; delaying action implies significant additional costs”

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