CCC recognises hydrogen for a clean, net-zero economy

James Marshall
June 28, 2020

The UK is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Those should include retrofitting homes and buildings to make them more energy-efficient, which would provide work in all regions, it noted, as well as strengthening the electricity supply network to support increased use of renewable power.

Responding to the report Vattenfall UK country manager Danielle Lane said: "The UK is going to need a wide mix of low-carbon and renewable heat and power if it is to reach net zero, and the Committee on Climate Change is absolutely right to call for at least 40GW of offshore wind generation by 2030".

In its annual report to Parliament, the CCC provides new advice to the government on delivering an economic recovery that accelerates the transition to a cleaner, net-zero emissions economy and strengthens the UK's resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Invest in nature, including in tree planting, peatland restoration and green infrastructure to meet up with the net zero target and bring benefits for the climate, biodiversity and quality of air, as well as reducing flood impacts.

OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said "the Committee on Climate Change report offers a measured and thoughtful view on how we can stimulate a truly fair transition towards a lower carbon future".

These kind of green policies can create lots of jobs across the country in the short run, keep money and employment within the United Kingdom and have other benefits, such as for health and nature, as well as cutting emissions, it said.

It also claims the article-Covid-19 adjustments will involve what's recognised as a just transition' for employees who'll need to have to be re-educated from substantial-carbon to small-carbon employment.

But it claimed the Treasury's forthcoming evaluation of local climate policies should tackle the challenge, as house heating have to change from gas in the direction of small-carbon alternate options.

To speed up action, the government should use the coronavirus crisis - including fresh public concern about unexpected risks and willingness to change behaviour - to push ahead on new climate-smart policies, the report said.

The committee has set out five steps for building a resilient economy, and said the pandemic has "demonstrated how quickly social change can occur".

"What we don't want from the government is a lot of good-hearted statements (and) the beginnings of policies that are not being implemented", he said.

Rice said: "Quite rightly, the report acknowledges the success to date of decarbonisation in the energy sector and that more needs to be done in other sectors but that time is of the essence".

Baroness Brown, chair of the CCC's adaptation committee, meanwhile declared: "Now is the moment to get our house in order". New infrastructure is needed for hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage. Much better broadband is essential for home performing.

The country's emerging electric-vehicle charging network should be rapidly expanded, and only new vehicles that are zero emissions sold by 2032, it said.

The U.K. government's climate adviser warned the nation is behind on its net-zero emissions target and called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to hike fossil-fuel taxes and boost green subsidies to help rebuild the economy.

"We welcome the Government's moves in this area and urge them to keep up the momentum".

He told BBC News: "Any policy that prioritises climate change policy over a rapid economic recovery would be suicidal for both the United Kingdom economy and the government. But delivery of this strategy must be to pragmatic timescales and will require support - both from a policy and practical perspective - from government, local authorities, businesses and consumers".

Researchers concluded that planned United kingdom emissions cuts are much less than 50 percent as demanding as desired for the place to contribute fairly in direction of restricting worldwide weather heating to considerably less than 2C.

Lord Deben replied: "That is totally untrue".

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