No case for weaker fourth carbon budget says CCC

A review of climate science, EU and international action by the government’s advisory body finds no reason to weaken UK emissions reduction ambitions in the 2020s.

A report by the advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has concluded that there is “no basis to support a change in the fourth carbon budget” from 2023-27. 

The report released on 7 November is based on a detailed analysis of the latest climate science. And it compares UK climate action with that in the rest of the EU and internationally.

It confirms advice in an earlier letter from Lord Deben to energy secretary Ed Davey last month. This ruled out a slackening of the binding fourth carbon budget, which calls for a 50% reduction in emissions by 2027 relative to 1990. 

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