The decarbonisation decade: 10 years of the Climate Change Act

On its tenth anniversary, Isabella Kaminski looks back at the set of fortunate circumstances that brought the Climate Change Act 2008 into being and considers what lessons it can teach environmental policymakers today

Balloons carrying number 10 sign

Ten years ago, the Queen gave her royal assent to a ground-breaking piece of legislation. The Climate Change Act (CCA) 2008 set long-term targets for cutting national CO2 emissions and established an independent organisation to advise government on how to meet them (see box below).

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