UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has announced to parliament that the “carbon budget” will be enshrined in law. This means
a 50% emissions cut averaged
across the years 2023 to 2027,
compared with 1990 levels
The decision establishes an ambitious target on a time scale half-way toward the 2050 target established in the UK Climate Change Act.
The commitment will establish the UK
as most ambitious developed country
in driving change to a low carbon economy.
Connie Hedegaard, the EU’s first ever Commissioner for Climate Action, hailed the move as an “example” for the rest of Europe.
The UK Cabinet decision is rooted in analysis conducted by the Committee on Climate Change, a UK government advisory body.
The CCC incorporated a review of the latest climate science, the evolving international framework for climate change, and a assessment of cost-effective ways to reduce emissions and stimulate the economy. This is a great step forward for the UK government to clarify the regulatory framework, re-assure investors, and stimulate innovation.
As firms scale up efforts to reduce emissions the AMEE Platform provides the data, content, intelligence, and technology infrastructure required to efficiently and accurately manage change.
AMEE has been partners with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for over four years, working together to drive efforts that reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency. Our work on the Act On CO2 campaign demonstrates how the AMEE platform helps businesses and consumers to grapple with the challenges of climate change and emissions reduction in a efficient and highly scalable way.
With this new legal framework, we’ll be busy helping the government, businesses and consumers manage the change needed to achieve our ambitious targets.