EA Chair responds to Committee on Climate Change Adaptation Report

12 Juillet, 2019, 17:06 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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Responding to the report, parliament's Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee chair Rachel Reeves said the government's commitment to net-zero emissions was "meaningless" if was is not matched with concrete action, and that the government has "failed dismally" to back up its rhetoric with amibitious policies.

The report also called for better coordination of climate change reduction policies between departments, as "too often, efforts have been isolated to single departments or have progressed too slowly".

"The effects of climate change are already being felt in the United Kingdom", she added.

It highlights that despite the CCC setting out 25 "headline policy actions" for the year ahead in 2018, only one has been delivered in full, while 10 of the required actions have shown no progress at all. It's time for the government to show it takes its responsibilities seriously. Reducing emissions to net zero by 2050 requires real action by government now'.

The planet is already witnessing the effects of climate change, and Britain is also not doing enough to make sure it is prepared to cope with its impact such as rising sea levels, floods and more extreme weather, it said.

The CCC highlights a number of ways in which it believes the government should step up its delivery approach, including embedding net zero policy across all levels and departments of government, implementing more business-friendly policies, providing a clear direction for the future and outlining a simple and investable set of rules and incentives.

The public must be fully engaged in the UK's net-zero transition.

"Getting to net-zero requires will require action across all parts of government and our economy", she said.

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The UK strongly leads global action to tackle climate change.

"The government is not yet addressing adequately all of the climate risks it has itself identified as critical - including from surface water flooding and the impacts of high temperatures on health", CCC adaption committee chair Baroness Brown said.

We welcome the Committee's recognition that our draft strategy is taking the necessary and ambitious steps needed to be a climate resilient nation.

The report says that United Kingdom action to curb greenhouse gas emissions is lagging far behind what is needed, even to meet previous, less stringent, emissions targets. Much of the UK's existing and planned infrastructure will still be in place in 2050, and almost one million homes will need to be retrofitted every year between now and 2050.

The CCC claims the foundations set out in the Clean Growth Strategy have not been developed into a cohesive approach able to deliver "even the existing carbon budgets" and warns the policy gap has widened in the a year ago as higher projections of future emissions have eclipsed the positive effects of any new policies.

In its annual progress report to Parliament, the advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said the Government had to show it was serious about tackling the problem in the next 12 to 18 months.

Caroline Lucas, former leader of the Green Party, said the report underlined the government's "abject failure" in facing up the reality of climate change.


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