The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has advised government to set a more stringent decarbonisation target. Its latest report urges a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050, up from its previous recommendation of 80%.
Government says it will study the findings. The CCC called for policymakers to act far more urgently in setting out the required frameworks, with a major ramp up of investment across heat, industry and transport required.
Current policy would not even hit the previous target, the CCC warned.
It reiterated calls for progress on hydrogen for heat, carbon capture and storage for the government to bring forward the 2040 ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles.
The Committee thinks its recommended tougher target can be delivered for about the same cost as the 80% target.
See the report here.
See what the energy industry makes of it here.
The CCC outlined key actions and costs in a series of social media posts, pasted below: