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UK urged to act on CCC advice

Energy select committee recommends accepting fifth carbon budget level

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The Energy and Climate Change Committee has recommended the Government accepts the recommendation of its climate change advisers in setting the level of the fifth carbon budget.

The select committee said MPs should set the budget at 1,765 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent for the period 2028-2032, in line with advice from the Committee on Climate Change.

The ECCC also recommended the government should set a power sector carbon intensity target of 100gCO2/kWh for 2030 to provide certainty for investors.

In light of Paris commitments to keep temperature rises below 1.5 degrees Celsius, the CCC should also analyse what further level of emissions reduction is now required, it said.

Scottish Renewables policy director Jenny Hogan said: “We welcome the Committee’s recommendation that Government sets the fifth carbon budget at a responsible level, following the advice of its independent climate change advisers.

“The Committee’s recommendation to set a 2030 decarbonisation target for the electricity sector would provide greater certainty for investors – particularly important at a time when support schemes for green energy generation are being eroded in the UK.”

Image: Lord Deben (Combined Heat and Power Association)

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