The BBC reports from the cloud-cuckoo land that is the UK’s Committee on Climate Change. Their delusions would be laughable but for the fact the government is supposed to follow their advice. When will the nonsense ever stop?
The UK’s official advisers have issued a sombre assessment of government plans to hold climate change at a safe level.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the government is not on track to meet its pledge of cutting emissions 80% by 2050. And they controversially warn ministers to park their recent ambition to tighten carbon reduction targets to protect vulnerable nations.
Ministers say they are determined to tackle climate change. They say they will publish new policies soon. They support the Paris Agreement on climate which commits to holding temperature rise to 2C – preferably 1.5C. But the committee is warning the government not to run before it has proved that it can walk. They controversially advise ministers not to adopt stricter targets for the moment, even though poor nations say they are essential.
Mind the gap
The report states: “Do not set new UK emissions targets now. The UK already has stretching targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The priority for now should be robust near-term action to close the gap to existing targets and open up options to reach net zero emissions.
“The most important contribution the government can make now to the Paris Agreement is publishing a robust plan to meet the UK carbon budgets and delivering policies in line with the plan.”
It says the government can re-visit the 1.5C ambition in the future. The advice has infuriated campaigners.
The government has committed to cutting emissions but the prime minister says her priorities are energy cost and energy security. A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said it would “carefully consider the valuable advice” from the CCC.
He added: “We are already making good progress towards meeting our goal of reducing emissions by at least 80% by 2050 on 1990 levels, and we are now looking ahead to set out how we will continue to decarbonise through the 2020s.”
Full report: UK government ‘short’ on climate target – BBC News