Committee on Climate Change warns that the speed of UK emissions cuts needs to increase fourfold
28 June 2012
Though UK greenhouse gas emissions fell 7% in 2011, only about a tenth of this fall can be linked directly to proactive policy measures the Committee on Climate Change says in its latest report to the Government. The Committee says that the underlying rate of progress is only a quarter of what is required to meet future carbon budgets.
The CCC says that the Government must move from planning to delivering change in order to hasten progress towards the achievement of Climate Act targets.
The Committee makes a series of recommendations to stimulate more rapid progress towards cleaner transport, including calling for a reversal of the decision to end the company car tax relief exemption for zero and ultra-low emission vehicles from 2015 which was announced in the latest Budget.
David Kennedy, the CCC's Chief Executive said: “Much of last year’s fall in emissions was due to a combination of mild weather, rising fuel prices, falling incomes and transitory factors in power generation. But as the economy recovers it will be difficult to keep the country on track to meet carbon budgets. We need to tackle major challenges to drive emissions down across the economy – and to do this as a matter of urgency.”