The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has recently published its fi rst annual report “Meeting Carbon Budgets – the need for a step change” for Parliament. The report considers the UK’s progress in achieving its greenhouse gas reduction targets and makes recommendations for greater greenhouse gas emission reductions.

The Climate Change Act 2008 set a legally binding target, that by 2050 the UK must have reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. The duty for the CCC to report annually to Parliament on the progress of the UK in meeting this target was also created by the Climate Change Act 2008.

The main findings of the report are:

  • Slower economic activity in the current recession has resulted in much of the reductions to date rather than actual cuts by high carbon energy users
  • The UK is currently not on target to meet its reduction target by 2012
  • The current approaches to decarbonisation of transport, power generation and output of buildings are not suffi cient. Signifi cant Government intervention and financial incentives need introducing

The Climate Change Act 2008 requires the Government to respond to the proposals in the report by 15 January 2010. Keep an eye out for details of the Government’s response in our future updates.