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DECC Commit To Fifth Carbon Budget

June 30, 2016

By Paul Homewood   





Amidst all of the other political upheavals currently taking place, DECC have sneaked out the news that “the Government has agreed with the Committee on Climate Change and proposes that the fifth budgetary period covering 2028 to 2032 should be set at 1,725 MtCO2e.”

This represents a cut of 57% from 1990 levels, and compares with a cut of 52% for the Fourth Carbon Budget, 2023-27.

It should also be noted that the 2030 target for the EU as a whole is a much smaller cut of 40%.  


As DECC brag, the UK is the first country to set legally binding carbon budgets. Which rather says it all. It is now eight years since the Climate Change Act was passed, and no other country has been daft enough to follow suit.

Does not that tell you something?

It seems that any hope that Brexit might introduce a dose of reality into the UK’s climate policies are no more than wishful thinking.

  1. June 30, 2016 3:34 pm

    Benny Peiser says the budget may be unlawful. It is based on us staying in the EU.

  2. June 30, 2016 3:42 pm

    Following up on Phillips comment: the Impact Assessment states that the CCA requires assessment of the scientific knowledge about climate change among many other things.
    The document then goes on to cite IPCC and the CCC as the sources of this knowledge: this is incompetent as due diligence and should be challenged.

    Proper Due Diligence requires fair and serious consideration of information not cherry-picking the favourable information. The intention is clearly to justify by deceit.

    The DECC documents are deliberately obscure and self-justifying: allowing politicians to carry a piece of paper to justify their actions: of course no one is to blame as usual.

  3. June 30, 2016 3:51 pm

    Is there not one representative in the parliament that can be an effective rallying point for those who would put a counter argument? Can Boris do that? If not Boris then who?

    Is there not one Labor Party member who is interested in maintaining employment and keeping people warm in winter?

    • June 30, 2016 5:12 pm

      Sadly, in my view the answer is no: the labour party have got lost in internal battles and all signed-up to the CCC madness, (along with all Tories)- misguided idealism over sense!

      Boris has now decided not to stand, he was one of the few climate sceptics in any party.

      The establishment seem to have a clear victory, we can just snap at their heels!

      • Rowland Pantling permalink
        July 1, 2016 3:47 pm

        I thought that Owen Paterson was more realistic on this subject as he didn’t concur with the global warming nonsense – hence he got the sack from the Environment Dept.

  4. June 30, 2016 3:51 pm

    When you legislate a carbon emissions target, you open yourself up to this sort of legal shenanigan.

  5. Coeur de Lion permalink
    June 30, 2016 4:15 pm

    It’s not carbon, it’s carbon dioxide. What a foolish mess we’re in

  6. Bitter&twisted permalink
    June 30, 2016 4:31 pm

    What do you expect from the dunces at DECC (Deny Energy Crisis Coming).

  7. June 30, 2016 4:33 pm

    same stupidity in Aussie land,.. industry ruined jobs lost

    Scrap DECC….

  8. CheshireRed permalink
    July 1, 2016 8:31 am

    Anyone whose anybody in UK politics is fully signed-up to the climate change madness. The UK is in it until the system fails, and when it does fail it will then be our fault!

  9. NeilC permalink
    July 1, 2016 10:05 am

    The whole climate issue shows all politians (apart from 5) lack any rational scientific understanding.

    CO2 is a gas that is theoretically supposed to increase temperatures. However, for 23 years in the UK, CO2 HAS NOT increased temperatures. Their theory DOES NOT work in the UK.

    We should use this evidence for our energy considerations.

    We worry about energy security and reliability and yet rely on completely unreliable production methods (Wind & Solar). Plus methods of production such as biomass which make little sense. If it wasn’t for large subsidies none of these methods would be tangible.

    As CO2 is not a problem in the UK, we should be using coal for the reasons; it’s cheap, it’s reliable and there is sufficient under the UK to last for a hundred years or more. We could invest in new coal fire powers stations without worry, because CO2 is not a dangerous gas.

    We should be fracking for gas, but oh no ALL bar five MPs take more opinion of Green Lobby groups than honest scientists.

    As for a Conservative government sticking so rigidly to a Labour Climate Change Act defies all logic.

    Their stupidity of getting a gas mixed up with a solid (carbon) is just reprehensible.

    We used to have one of the best education systems in the world – we don’t now
    We used to have the best military in the world – we don’t now
    We used to have the best health service in the world – we don’t now
    We used to have relaibale cheap energy – we don’t now.

    So what have modern politicians done for the UK?

  10. Alan permalink
    July 1, 2016 12:57 pm

    How come they can find time in all the current madness for this but not for the Heathrow (or Gatwick or somehwere else) expansion decision. God I hate politicians.

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