Poorly planned decarbonisation 'could trigger unrest', says climate chief

Advisory body the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) will publish its advice on the 2033-37 carbon budget three months before schedule, its chair Lord Deben has announced, while warning that an unjust transition from fossil fuels could trigger gilets jaunes-style protests in the UK.

In a letter to Treasury minister Simon Clark, dated yesterday, he laid out the body’s expectations for ts review into the costs of decarbonisation, “and to offer ongoing support as we develop our advice to ministers on the sixth carbon budget”.

He described the review as “crucial in ensuring a successful transition. The key challenge is how the required changes, near-term and long-term, can be funded in a way that distributes costs fairly. My committee’s view is that this must be a priority consideration in public spending decisions,” and should be a “key input to next year’s spending review and budget”.

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