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How have key MPs responded to Greta Thunberg and the climate protests?

Following young climate activist Greta Thunberg's rousing speech to UK MPs calling for an overhaul to "very creative, carbon accounting," edie rounds up how key political figures have responded to her comments and the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests.

The Aldersgate Group believes that the net-zero target could bolster opportunities for UK businesses

Government urged to focus on lifecycle emissions as part of net-zero target

Any plans to enshrine a net-zero carbon target into UK law will need to examine the lifecycle emissions of new infrastructure, technology and products - a move the can spur rapid growth for new low-carbon market standards.

The CCC’s chairman Lord Deben (L) and team leader for building and industry Jenny Hill (R)

CCC calls for stamp duty and winter fuel payment reform to help decarbonise homes

Members of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have called on Ministers to alter the Government's fiscal policies for winter fuel allowances and stamp duty on homes, in a bid to help decarbonise the UK's housing stock.

The report criticises the withdrawal of key low-carbon policy frameworks, notably the zero carbon homes scheme

UK homes jeopardising national climate targets, report warns

The UK will not hit its legally binding carbon reduction targets unless the Government acts now to address the "increasing uncomfortable and unsafe" national housing stock, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The second carbon budget was met with emissions of 384 MtCO2e (14%) below the level of the budget

CCC advises government against rolling over carbon budget surplus

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has issued "unequivocal advice" to the government not to carry forward an emissions surplus from the second carbon budget to subsequent accounting periods.

10 years on from the Climate Change Act, how far have we come?

The first line of the Climate Change Act passed in 2008 reads "it is the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 80% lower than the baseline".

The Committee on Climate Change believes hydrogen could cost-effectively replace natural gas plants - like the one pictured here - to provide back-up power generation in the UK

CCC boss Chris Stark: Now is the time to kick-start a hydrogen revolution

EXCLUSIVE: The publication of new scientific research into hydrogen - compounded by falling technology costs - has set the UK's business and policy spheres up for a "hydrogen revolution", the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) chief executive Chris Stark has claimed.

The CCC recommends the planting of 1.5 million hectares of new forest and 1.2 hectares million of bioenergy crops by 2050

'Fundamental' agriculture reforms needed for UK to reach carbon neutrality, says CCC

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today (15 November) urged ministers to implement policies that will "fundamentally reform" the way in which the UK's land is used, in order to create carbon sinks and accelerate progress towards carbon neutrality.

Plan B responded by calling for an “urgent clarification” on whether the CCC would be permitted to recommend changes to the agreed carbon budgets

Net zero emissions review may prompt changes to existing carbon budgets

Claire Perry has confirmed that the already agreed carbon budgets may be amended in response to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) net zero emissions review.

Scotland's draft climate change strategy has a  headline target of  achieving a 100% reduction in carbon emissions

Scottish Government seeking advice on net-zero carbon target

Scotland's climate change minister Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed that the Scottish Government will set a net-zero emissions goal if the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) can set out a "pathway" for the nation to achieve carbon neutrality.

A host of sustainability experts have explored whether the Climate Change Act has lived up to its ambition

Climate Change Act: Experts reflect on pioneering legislation 10 years on

With November marking the 10th anniversary of the UK Climate Change Act (CCA) receiving Royal Assent, a host of leading sustainability experts have provided their insights on the impact of the ground-breaking legislation on Britain's low-carbon economy.

Past work carried out by the CCC in 2016 showed that reducing emissions to 92% of 1990 levels was feasible

Climate watchdog 'surprised' by carbon budget review restrictions

Claire Perry's instruction that the upcoming review of the UK's carbon emissions reduction framework should not cover pre-2032 targets was a "surprise" to the climate change watchdog, its chief executive has admitted.

The technology company has reduced emissions by more than 80% since 1996

BT pledges to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2045

As the UK Government announces plans to discuss a potential net-zero emissions strategy, technology giant BT has pledged to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2045.

The CCC is set to deliver its recommendations to Government by March 2019

UK Government seeks advice from Committee on Climate Change on net-zero emissions goal

The UK Government has confirmed that it is seeking advice from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on how best to bolster its carbon reduction targets and create a net-zero economy.

Published in July, the Road to Zero strategy has faced criticism from the likes of WWF and Greenpeace

CCC: Government's Road to Zero strategy not ambitious enough

The UK Government's official climate change watchdog has warned ministers that the new Road to Zero strategy will not be sufficient to meet national and international climate targets.

The Scottish bill has set a target of cutting emissions north of the border to 90% of 1990 levels

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

Scotland is outperforming the rest of the UK on reducing greenhouse gas emissions but needs fresh measures to meet its own recently introduced targets, according to parliament's climate change watchdog.

A spokesman for the BEIS said the government was committed to meeting its climate change targets

UK's green watchdog will be powerless over climate change post-Brexit

Ministers are "deliberately weakening" the green watchdog that will hold the government to account after Britain leaves the EU, according to Labour's shadow Brexit minister.

The likes of Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Lib Dem leader Vince Cable, Ed Davey and the Environmental Audit Committee’s chair Mary Creagh have backed the letter

More than 100 MPs back calls for net-zero emissions target

More than 100 MPs have now signed a letter calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to establish a net-zero emissions target for 2050.

Heatwaves are known killers in the UK and the number of hot days is rising

UK 'woefully unprepared' for deadly heatwaves, warn MPs

The UK is "woefully unprepared" for deadly heatwaves, according to a cross-party committee of MPs, with the government ignoring warnings from its official climate change adviser.

The report found that the transport, heat, agriculture and built environment sectors were making slow decarbonisation progress

Reaction round-up: What does the green economy make of the Committee on Climate Change report?

In the wake of a new Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report, which predicts that the UK will miss its future carbon budgets, the green economy is calling on the Government to take bolder actions to decarbonise the transport, heat and agriculture sectors.

The government’s pledge to end the sales of pure petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is far too unambitious, Lord Deben said

Lord Deben: Housing and car industries should be 'ashamed' of climate record

The homebuilding and carmaking industries "should be ashamed" of their efforts to tackle global warming, according to the UK government's official climate change adviser.

The letter lauded the “cross-party consensus” that exists on the issue of climate change and said the move would be popular

MPs and peers push for 'net zero' emissions by 2050

A cross-party group of senior MPs and peers have urged the government to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" by 2050.

The fact that the strategy has not set a date for the net-zero goal has left several environmental groups unsatisfied

Scotland proposes 90% emissions reduction target

Scotland has published its draft climate change strategy, which has a headline target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 90% by 2050 and achieving a 100% reduction "as soon as possible".

Overall nearly 29,000 charging points are needed across the UK Britain by 2030 to meet future EV charging needs, the report claims

Report: 25,000 charging points needed across UK by 2030 to match EV demand

An additional 25,000 charging points are required on the streets of Britain to meet the EV charging needs of 2030.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) insists that new policies will be required to close the remaining “emissions gap”

Clean Growth Strategy 'not enough' to meet UK's carbon targets, climate advisers warn

Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans in the Clean Growth Strategy in order to meet the UK's fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the Government's climate change watchdog has cautioned.

One of Baroness Brown's major concerns regarding the strategy is its so-called “flexibility” mechanisms, which enable the Government to borrow from

Clean Growth Strategy 'flexibilities' could put Paris goals at risk

The aspirations of the Clean Growth Strategy have been praised as a "step in the right direction" by green economy experts, but concerns have been raised that the Government's willingness to rely on banking and borrowing from carbon budgets could put the goals of the Paris Agreement at risk.

In the UK, more than 330,000 private rented homes currently do not meet energy efficiency standards

Housebuilders 'cheating the public' over energy efficiency standards, claims Lord Deben

Some of the biggest UK private housebuilding firms have faced criticism from the Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) for delivering new homes that allegedly fail to meet energy efficiency standards.

The strategy notes that “there is currently sufficient projected surplus available to carry forward to meet the fourth carbon budget and some of the fifth carbon budget”

Will the UK reach its carbon budget targets with the Clean Growth Strategy?

The Government's long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy details more than 50 initiatives to decarbonise the UK economy in line with the fourth and fifth carbon budgets, but does the ambition have enough quantifiable targets in place to deliver?

Productive workplaces: what we need from the Clean Growth Strategy

On 25th September, BEIS Climate Change Minister Claire Perry set out her reflections on Climate Week. She noted that we are decarbonising faster than any other G20 nation, and highlighted the opportunity for UK businesses offered by further progress in this economic transformation.

It’s getting hot in here: how to create warmth without burning fossil fuels

As the UK continues to battle its way to an 80% reduction of its carbon emissions by 2050, a sinking feeling has begun to set in for those who are aware of and involved with decarbonising the UK. Our current infrastructure and policies do not provide the right basis required to transition to a low-carbon economy at speed.

Adrian Gault believes the business community has waited for too long for a clear direction on the low-carbon economy from Westminster

Government must seize economic opportunity of low-carbon innovation, says climate adviser

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must invest in low-carbon innovation now or risk significantly raising the cost of meeting the fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the chief economist of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has told edie.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warns that “it is no longer justified or wise” to delay publication of the long-awaited Clean Growth Plan

Further delay of climate plans could derail UK's low-carbon shift, warns CCC

Ministers could derail the UK's low-carbon transition unless they deliver urgent new plans to reduce emissions across the country, the Government's independent climate advisory body has warned.

Despite the government recently announcing a review into energy costs for businesses, the committee said climate policies were adding relatively little to companies’ bills

UK climate targets 'will raise household energy bills by £100 in a decade'

The cost of supporting new windfarms and nuclear power stations to meet the UK's carbon targets will add nearly £100 to the average household energy bill by the end of the next decade, according to a government adviser.

The panel at the Financial Times event was also quizzed on the role of carbon intensive manufacturing sectors in a low-carbon economy

UK firms want EU climate policy retained, says Committee on Climate Change

The Government has been presented with a "very strong message" from the private sector, calling for European Union (EU) climate legislation to be retained post-Brexit, with the promised Industrial Strategy acting as an ideal vehicle to align policies to the low-carbon agenda.

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.

Life after Brexit: A new road for the green economy, but the destination remains the same

What a devastating week.

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".


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