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The CCC urges the Government to “vigorously pursue” a package of measures it has identified in order to meet existing national climate commitments at the lowest cost

Brexit, Paris and low-carbon heat: 10 green policy messages for the UK Government

As the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) releases three new reports on the UK meeting its climate commitments, edie rounds up the key green policy calls made by the Committee surrounding low-carbon heat, Brexit and the Paris Agreement.

Meeting the UK’s Climate Change Act and living up to the Paris Agreement will require new and renewed green policies through the 2020s

Climate watchdog calls for 'concrete green policy action' amidst Paris Agreement and Brexit

Britain's green policies must be preserved or strengthened post-Brexit and a credible new strategy on low-carbon heat must be delivered as soon as possible, but it is still too early for the Government to adopt stricter targets for tackling climate change in line with the soon-to-be-ratified Paris Agreement, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said.

Under a high-impact scenario, a CCC report said, summer temperatures in Edinburgh could rise by 4.4C by 2060, and five-day rainfall levels increase in the city by nearly 25% to 78.4mm

Climate chief: UK must not use Brexit to water down environment laws

The UK must not water down its environmental laws as it leaves the European Union, one of the government's most senior advisers on climate change has warned.

An artist's impression of Hinkley Point C, which was approved by the UK Government last week

Energy policy cannot be dependent on any single project, says UK climate watchdog

Energy policy is about more than just Hinkley and "cannot be dependent on any single project", the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned.

The UK must prepare for the oncoming storm of climate change by introducing measures to mitigate flooding, heatwaves and water scarcity among other lesser known risks

UK must prepare for 'inevitable changes' of climate risks, warns advisers

The UK must work to implement immediate action to mitigate the "urgent" effects of climate change which looks set stifle food production, reduce water supplies and lead to thousands of deaths as temperatures rise, a new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned.

Britain has a legally-binding target under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive to produce 15% of all final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020

UK will miss renewable energy target, warns National Grid

The UK is on track to miss a target to produce of 15% of all energy from renewables by 2020, National Grid has warned.

The UK is currently on track to outperform the Second and Third Carbon Budgets, but off track to meet the Fourth, with the Fifth needing to be set by the end of June

Sustainability professionals pile pressure on Government to accept Fifth Carbon Budget

A new survey has revealed that environmental and sustainability professionals are overwhelmingly in favour of recent recommendations for the UK's Fifth Carbon Budget, while separate academic report has concluded that the adoption of those proposals could help deliver long-term economic growth.

If the budget is not approved, the government will be open to legal challenge and judicial review

Tory MPs tell Cameron to accept steep cuts needed for UK's fifth carbon budget

Twenty Conservative MPs have written to the prime minister urging him to accept the steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions required by the UK's 'fifth carbon budget'.

The ECC report insists that Britain's carbon plan must provide more certainty across the low-carbon heat and transport sectors

UK must accept advice on fifth carbon budget, MPs say

The cross-party parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has today (26 April) called upon the Government to accept the recommendations of its independent advisory body in setting the fifth carbon budget, warning that "the UK can't afford any further delays".

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Scotland's political parties are being urged to step up action on climate change ahead of May's election

Climate watchdog hails Scotland as Britain's low-carbon leader

Scotland's "vibrant renewable sector" and "bold policy approaches" will take the country beyond the UK's ambition on climate change and help deliver a 61% reduction in emissions by 2030 from 1990 levels, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said today (15 March).

The UK is already legally bound by the Climate Change Act to reduce emissions 80% by 2050

Zero carbon emissions target to be enshrined in UK law

The UK will enshrine in law a long-term goal of reducing its carbon emissions to zero, as called for in last year's historic Paris climate deal.

Low-carbon heat and the decarbonisation of transport have been highlighted as priority areas that need to be scrutinised during the course of this Parliament

MPs launch fresh enquiry into UK's renewable heat and transport targets

The Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) of MPs has launched a new enquiry into the UK Government's progress - or apparent lack of it - on its self-imposed targets for meeting heat and transport demands from renewable energy sources.

Miliband called for the British government to take the lead by drawing up plans for a new carbon law

Ed Miliband calls for law to make CO2 emissions target legally binding

Ed Miliband has assembled a group of cross-party MPs and campaigners to demand parliament enacts a law to to make the carbon emissions target agreed at the Paris climate talks legally binding.

Labour MP Alan Whitehead is calling for a coherent national strategy to help the UK meet its climate targets

Shadow Energy Minister calls for national CCS strategy

Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead has renewed his calls for a national carbon capture and storage (CCS) strategy, following the Government's last-minute decision in November to axe a £1bn competition for CCS pilot projects.

The CCC was established under the Climate Change Act to advise the UK Government on reducing greenhouse gas emissions

UK's climate watchdog sticks with emissions reductions plan despite 'more ambitious' Paris agreement

The Government has been advised to stick with a 57% carbon emissions reduction target for the UK's fifth carbon budget, despite the recent Paris climate agreement outlining a greater global ambition.

246 business leaders have called on the Chancellor to rethink the policy u-turn

Business leaders unite against Tories' zero-carbon homes U-turn

More than 200 businesses have put their names to a letter today (20 July) calling on Chancellor George Osborne to reconsider ending the Government's plans for zero-carbon homes.

Businesses and sustainability leaders urge a period of stable policy for a low-carbon future

Economy needs 'stable policies' to secure low-carbon future, says Aldersgate report

A new report from the Aldersgate Group has brought together voices from the economy, academia and civil society to spell out key priorities for meeting carbon targets.

The Environment Agency does not consult on property developments with fewer than 10 houses, meaning that 12,000 homes are being built on floodplains every year

UK failing to address climate change priorities, say MPs

Around 12,000 new UK homes are being built at flood risk every year due to a failing climate change adaptation plan, MPs have warned.

Commercial sector energy bills will increase by 31% and industrial sector bills by 26% to 2030 due to low-carbon policies.

Energy efficiency 'vital' in offsetting rise in business energy costs

The industrial and commercial sectors could see a 30-45% increase on energy bills to 2030, according to latest projections from the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Chancellor George Osborne concluded his Autumn Statement by proclaiming the UK is now

Autumn statement 2014: What it means for green business

"Britain is back on course," proclaimed George Osborne earlier today, but environmental announcements were in short supply as the Chancellor delivered his final Autumn Statement before the General Election.

Lord Deben urges UK to work closely with other European countries to tackle environmental issues such as climate change

Committee on Climate Change chair urges UK-EU co-operation on environment

Former Environment Minister and Committee on Climate Change chair Lord Deben has said that the UK must work closely with its European neighbours to help protect the environment.

Owen Paterson proposed four sweeping changes to Britain's energy policy

Owen Paterson: Current energy policy 'a slave to flawed climate action'

Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has delivered another controversial speech, this time arguing that the UK's current energy policy is not reducing emissions and providing the power the country needs.

Renewable energy accounts for 15% of Britain's power today

Six renewable energy targets set for next UK Government

The renewable energy industry has united to launch a series of 'key tests' for the UK political parties ahead of the next General Election.

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Maria Eagle MP pledges swift action on climate if Labour wins election

Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle has vowed to make climate change a top priority for the Government if Labour gets voted into power at next year's general election.

The Chancellor has been forced to back down over his opposition to the fourth carbon budget targets

Davey forces Osborne to back down over fourth carbon budget

The Chancellor has been forced to abandon his calls for the fourth carbon budget to be diluted after the Government announced today that, having listened to the business sector, the UK will retain the fourth carbon budget in its current form.

The Green Deal, designed to encourage energy-savings measures such as loft insulation, has been criticised for a low uptake.

UK on track to miss carbon targets, climate change advisers warn

Government's flagship energy efficiency schemes are found wanting in report by Committee on Climate Change.

Protesters dumped the welly boots outside Defra's offices this morning. The boots are cast-off from Glastonbury Festival and will be recycled. Pic: Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth urge PM to 'give Owen Paterson the boot'

Hundreds of wellington boots have been dumped outside Defra's offices this morning (9 July) by Friends of the Earth campaigners calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to sack Environment Secretary Owen Paterson for his perceived failure to take climate change seriously.

Businesses with no climate change plan risk 'failure'

Businesses, particularly smaller companies, buildings and infrastructure such as transport networks, hospitals and water supplies are all ill-prepared for the extreme weather events related to climate change says a report released today.

Existing energy efficiency programmes will miss recommended targets from the government's climate advisers for insulating all remaining cavity walls and lofts by 2015, said ACE

Home insulation installs 'have collapsed because of UK policies'

Association for the Conservation of Energy says total number of energy efficiency measures has fallen 60% in the past year.

Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions rose by 400,000 tonnes between 2011 and 2012

Scotland unveils 'package of measures' after missing carbon targets for third year in a row

The Scottish Government is finally waking up to the challenge of cutting carbon emissions after failing to hit targets set in the Climate Change Act for a third consecutive year.

The RAC's first mobile EV charging unit

RAC launches mobile electric vehicle charging unit

Breakdown service provider RAC is launching its first mobile electric charging system which can provide a stranded electric vehicle (EV) with enough power to travel 15 miles in less than half an hour of charging.

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CCC report: Scotland's GHG emissions fell almost 10% in 2011

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Scotland fell by 9.9% in 2011, due to large reductions in the power and residential sectors, a report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) finds.

'Carbon bubble' poses serious threat to UK economy, MPs warn

Committee says government and Bank of England must not be complacent about the risks of overvaluing fossil fuel companies

The Committee on Climate Change finds that a strategy of reducing emissions through the 2020s could save more than £100bn

Industry responds to CCC's Fourth Carbon Budget review

The majority of cross-sector businesses and organisations have backed the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) review of the Fourth Carbon Budget, which concludes there is no basis to change the budget.

Last year's record-breaking wet year in England could have cost the UK economy close to £600m

CCC: Little progress made on limiting flood risk

There has been limited progress on reducing flood risk in the UK and the rate of deployment would "have to increase by a factor of 20" if the cost effective potential is to be exploited, says the Committee on Climate Change.

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