Existing carbon budgets key to meeting Paris Agreement

Meeting the next carbon budgets will take much stronger policies and should precede any work on upgrading long-term climate goals, says the CCC

Lord Deben, CCC chair: Carbon budgets must be viable and cost effective, so timing of increased ambition is important. Photograph: The Committee on Climate ChangeThe UK must focus on meeting its existing carbon budgets before setting more demanding long-term ones to satisfy the Paris Agreement, a report by government climate policy advisers has concluded.

The report, released by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on 13 October, finds that the UK’s target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 under the Climate Change Act 2008 will need to be increased to meet a goal of net zero carbon emissions in the latter half of the century. 

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