Committee on Climate Change recommends net zero by 2050


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:



























































































































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  1. Carbon, Capture, Storage and LEAK – CCS-LEAK – cannot guarantee that any carbon dioxide allegedly “stored” will not leak, nor can there be effective policing of CCS-LEAK businesses who increase their profits by deliberately, surreptitiously or negligently leaking carbon dioxide gas into the ocean or into the atmosphere.

    CCS-LEAK is a confidence trick and the Committee on Climate Change has been fooled. The CCS-LEAK lobby should not fool any more unsuspecting and naive people.

    The Committee on Climate Change has been badly advised by the CCS-LEAK lobby and this has introduced a fatal flaw into the committee’s recommendations.

    So as a package, I would have to vote against accepting the committee’s report and recommendations.


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