The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published its annual report, in June 2020, on progress in reducing UK emissions. The Rt Hon Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Energy, and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister for State for Business Energy and Clean Growth responded to the CCC’s annual report on behalf of the UK Government.
Whilst the CCC acknowledged that the Covid-19 Pandemic had a massive impact for businesses and families as a whole, the UK Government confirmed that the target was still in place to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and this was at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery, whilst also supporting families and businesses impacted by the pandemic.
The Government agreed with the CCC that 2021 would be a critical year for climate control, both internationally and domestically but the UK is well-placed with international co-operation through COP26 and G7 presidencies and will drive ambition to reduce emissions, build resilience and support each other. This is reflected by a robust domestic policy.
The response concluded that the UK Government would continue to work closely with the CCC in the drive to transition to net zero by 2050 and looked forward to receiving further advice from the CCC on Carbon Budget 6 later this month.
For the full UK Government’s response – please click here.