The Climate Change Bill, announced today at the opening of parliament, will make the UK the first country in the world to set national, legally binding cuts in carbon dioxide emissions.
The current target is ~30% by 2020 and 60% by 2050 against a 1990 baseline. An independent Climate Change Committee will monitor the process.
Carbon trading will be extended to organisations such as supermarkets and public bodies – which are not covered by the EU carbon-trading scheme. There is also a potential that every person in the country may be given a personal carbon allowance – which would be used to encourage efficiencies (think “rationing”).
The scale of such change is remarkable, and is already being referred to as a “war-like crisis”.
As the UK Secretary of State stated in the 147 page official document: “Climate change is the greatest challenge facing our generation … The debate about the science is over … Collective and decisive action is needed if we are to deal with this threat and create a global low carbon economy”. Nearly 17,000 individuals and organisations responded to the public consultation earlier this year.
Its timing coincides with another Government report that being “green” is now the socially acceptable norm for most people, rather than being an alternative lifestyle.
The AMEE team are already working with a number of organisations to develop open, collaborative “personal carbon trading” systems, as well as industry and commercial applications. We want to hear from you if you think we can help you accelerate the development of solutions.