CCC defends its 2023-27 carbon budget

A downward revision in greenhouse gas targets for the 2020s would not be justifiable and would “severely undermine” the UK’s credibility in EU negotiations, the Committee on Climate Change has told the government.

John Gummer, CCC chair. Credit: Mawell Henderson CCA by 3AEarly indications from the advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) are that it will stand firmly behind its original levels of ambition for the UK’s fourth 2023-27 carbon budget, despite pressure from the Treasury.

Its latest stance, which emerged in a letter to energy and climate secretary Ed Davey from chairman Lord Deben on 3 October, could put it on a collision course with a Cabinet that is increasingly divided over the future direction of climate policy. 

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