Press release
Govt climate policies need strengthening, says advisor

Commenting on a new report published today (Tuesday 15 July 2014) by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which concludes that carbon budgets can be met at affordable cost, but that this will require the strengthening of key policies, Friends of the Earth Senior Climate Change Campaigner Simon Bullock said:

“The Committee rightly warns that Government climate plans are way off course.

“The wettest winter on record should be a wake-up call that the impacts of climate change are already battering Britain, and without tougher action they will only get worse.

“Slashing carbon emissions offers huge opportunities for British jobs and business, through investment in low carbon technologies and infrastructure. And reversing the shocking slow-down in progress on energy efficiency will cut people’s fuel bills.

“The Government says it’s committed to tackling climate change – but when it comes to taking action Ministers appear to be sleeping at the helm.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. The Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008.  Its purpose is to advise the UK Government on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change: http://www.theccc.org.uk/

2. Friends of the Earth welcomed the Committee’s calls today for:

• increasing ambition for policies on insulation and energy saving in people’s homes

• the Government to set minimum standards now for energy efficiency in the private rented sector

• committing funding to low-carbon power generation post 2020, to end damaging uncertainty for this growing industry

• a 2030 electricity decarbonisation target, with 50g/kWh the “cost-effective central case”

• a stronger role for demand-side responses and interconnectors in the new electricity sector capacity mechanism, which would lower costs

• a strategy to deliver a critical-mass of offshore-wind investment, driving down costs

• a strategy to implement “decarbonisation roadmaps”, to help industry meet twin goals of cutting carbon emissions and being competitive

• the UK pushing for stronger EU targets – on climate, EUETS, and vehicles

• strong and enforced UK and EU standards on bioenergy sustainability

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