UK needs to go a step beyond to fight the climate crisis

By - World Infrastructure Journal

The Climate Change Committee has announced its recommendation to reduce territorial emissions by at least 68 per cent from 1990 to 2030.

The announcement comes in response to a request of advice from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the UK’s nationally determined contribution (NDC). These refer to the targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 set out by each country in the Paris Agreement.

The Committee has asked the Prime Minister to make the bold commitment of inspiring other leaders, hoping that the government will see the potential in going further than the initial 68 per cent. The statement clarified that the NDC was more than just a number and the recommended decrease in emissions should be accompanied by wider climate commitments.

The measures suggested, include the development of a policy package and Net Zero Strategy with clear commitments to reduce international aviation and shipping emissions, as well as greater support for climate finance, particularly for developing countries. The recommendations highlighted that it is imperative that the NDC is accompanied by strengthened climate change adaptation plans – with new commitments – for the UK to show its leadership on.

The Committee outlined that the forthcoming Sixth Carbon Budget and NDC should reflects the goals and requirements of the Paris Agreement, recognising the responsibilities that the UK has as a richer developed nation with respective capabilities.

The Committee will release its formal advice on the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget on 9th December 2020.

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