MPs: end of recession will equal emissions rise
The influential Committee on Climate Change has called for a 'step change' in tackling rising emissions as it claims only the world-wide recession has slowed it.
The findings are set out in the committee’s second progress report to Parliament, which was published yesterday (June 30).
It reveals emissions of greenhouse gases have fallen over the past year, by 8.6%, but this is ‘almost entirely due’ to a reduction in economic activity caused by the recession and increased fossil fuel/ energy prices, ‘and is not’ the result of the implementation of measures to reduce emissions.
|Achieving step change will, according to the committee, require new policies in at least four key areas:
1. Electricity market reform – To ensure that incentives for
2. Buildings – more clarity is required on how a national programme
3. Transport – The Government should consider further first year
4. Agriculture – there is potential to go further than the current
Chair of the committee, Lord Adair Turner, said: “The recession has created the illusion that progress is being made to reduce emissions.
“Although emissions have declined substantially, our analysis shows that this is almost wholly due to a reduction in economic activity and not from new measures being introduced to tackle climate change.
“So we are repeating our call for new policy approaches to drive the required step change, in order that the UK can ensure a low-carbon recovery.
“Given new approaches, we are confident that individuals and business will respond, taking advantage of the affordable opportunities available to reduce emissions.”