In April 2018, the Government sought advice from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees, following the publication of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report.
The key message from the IPCC report is that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require ‘rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities.’ Jim Skea OBE FEI, Past President of the Energy Institute (EI) and Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III concluded that ‘Limiting warming to 1.5ºC is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes'.
On the CCC report, Lord Deben, said ‘we will consider how and by when the UK can effectively eliminate carbon emissions from its economy. We will also look at whether the current 2050 target – which requires an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050, compared to levels in 1990 – is still fit for purpose. And, we’ll set out the necessary steps to clean up the UK’s homes, industry, transport and agriculture to help drive down emissions further, as well the associated costs and benefits.’
Join the expert panel at this energy policy debate to discuss the outcomes of the report and the updated advice given to the UK.
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