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Britain’s Progress On Climate Change Is Stalling, Say CCC

June 30, 2017

By Paul Homewood

When reality and fantasy collide:

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s progress in tackling climate change is stalling and new strategies and policies are needed to ensure ambitious greenhouse gas emissions cuts continue, the government’s climate advisers said in a report on Thursday.

Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions are around 42 percent lower than in 1990, which is around half way towards the government’s legally binding target to slash them by 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels, the Committee on Climate Change report said.

The progress so far has been achieved even though gross domestic product has risen by more than 65 percent since 1990.

However, most of the emissions reductions have occurred in the power and waste sectors. Emissions in the transport and building sectors are rising and infrastructure remains vulnerable to severe weather.

"The good news is we have got half way. But the way we have achieved this is almost entirely focused on the power sector," Matthew Bell, chief executive of the committee, told Reuters.

"We cannot extrapolate that to 2050. Power sector emissions have been lowered so much … We won’t get the remaining distance we need if other sectors don’t start contributing," he said.

Earlier this week, Britain’s new climate change minister, Claire Perry, said the government would publish its Clean Growth Plan – a framework for how Britain will reduce emissions in the 2020s and 2030s – after the parliamentary summer recess.

Parliament closes on July 20 and reconvenes on Sept. 5.

The plan’s release was originally scheduled for late 2016. The delay has been criticised by investors who are looking for policy certainty.

Under current policies, Britain is on track to miss its legally-binding emission reduction targets for the mid-2020s onwards, prompting calls for more action in the heat, buildings, industry, transport and agriculture sectors.

The government also needs to present Parliament with detailed measures to address climate risks, such as risks to households and businesses from flooding, so its national adaptation programme can be published early next year, the report said.

Britain has experienced significant political upheaval over the past year after a referendum resulted in the move to leave the European Union.

"There is concern Brexit negotiations divert a lot of attention and resources but we also need to think about climate change issues," Bell added.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/britains-progress-climate-change-stalling-government-advisers-233530508–finance.html

 

As I have often pointed out, although GHGs have been cut by 42% already since 1990, much of this took place long before the Climate Change Act, and occurred for reasons totally unconnected with govt policies.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updated-energy-and-emissions-projections-2016

 

In addition, the low hanging fruit has already been largely picked. The switch from coal to gas is a good example.

From now on in, things start to get very much tougher. For instance, even if renewables continue to make inroads into power generation, electricity still only accounts for about a quarter of final energy consumption.

To get anywhere even the targets for 2030, there will need to be significant decarbonisation of the non-power sector, including heating, transport and industry. There is little sign of this actually happening.

 

The Reuters report states:

Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions are around 42 percent lower than in 1990, which is around half way towards the government’s legally binding target to slash them by 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels, the Committee on Climate Change report said.

The progress so far has been achieved even though gross domestic product has risen by more than 65 percent since 1990.

 

As I have also shown before, this sort of claim is spurious, because mature economies naturally reduce energy intensity over time, as they low energy sectors grow.

In the UK, for instance, emissions intensity has been in freefall for many years, certainly as far back as 1965, when records start.

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 https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/the-emissions-intensity-con/

 

The, totally dishonest, implication of the Reuters report is that climate policies have not damaged economic growth, and therefore won’t in future either. And that it is only the wicked government which is holding back progress.

And, surprise surprise, who is behind this misinformation? None other than our friends at the Committee on Climate Change, who have issued this press release:

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https://www.theccc.org.uk/2017/06/29/new-plans-for-a-new-parliament-are-urgently-needed-to-address-climate-change-risks/

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11 Comments
  1. Green Sand permalink
    June 30, 2017 11:02 am

    Headline needs punctuation mark corrections:-

    Britains Progress On; Climate Change Is Stalling, Say CCC

  2. Rowland H permalink
    June 30, 2017 12:22 pm

    CCC Chairman, Lord Deben, said: “The impact of climate change on our lives and those of our children is clearer than ever. What? Where? How? Discuss.

    • June 30, 2017 12:49 pm

      I just managed to avoid putting my foot through the screen when Horrobin and Deben appeared on the BBC.

  3. tom0mason permalink
    June 30, 2017 12:38 pm

    The hot air maintaining the lead balloon of ‘climate science™’ is finally faltering as the reality and the endless expense hits home.
    The cool-heads are needed to reverse all this climate change nonsense, and maybe some of the profiteers of the scam will get their time in jail.

    I live in hope.

  4. R G Barton permalink
    June 30, 2017 12:38 pm

    What is the most effective way to get this ridiculous Act abolished ? A petition to Parliament ? But how can the word be spread ?

  5. NeilC permalink
    June 30, 2017 12:48 pm

    CCC chairman Lord Deben, is either ignorant of the facts or lying. I suspect both.

  6. Gerry, England permalink
    June 30, 2017 12:56 pm

    CCC providing ‘Independent advice…’? Like f**k they do.

    • Dung permalink
      June 30, 2017 2:05 pm

      There is no need for the CCC to exist! We know exactly what they are going to advise before they open their mouths (and Deben opens his profits and lowers his snout).

      • Dung permalink
        June 30, 2017 3:40 pm

        profits = pockets

  7. William Baird permalink
    June 30, 2017 3:27 pm

    Good to see John Gummer and Roger Harrabin in the same show. So long as these two get airtime then we know the BBC is a propaganda machine, pure and simple and should be de-funded.

    Pure lies are being told at our expense. There should be a crime of knowingly telling untruths.

    Trump is saying it how it is, will the UK be the last to see the light.

  8. June 30, 2017 6:52 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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