Claire Perry, minister for energy and clean growth announced that Britain would call on its official climate watchdog to explore how Paris would affect the UK’s long-term climate goals, following an IPCC report on 1.5C due later this year.
The UK’s Climate Change Act already sets a legally binding long-term target of reducing emissions by 80% from a 1990 baseline by 2050, but experts – including the CCC – have warned that the UK will need to raise its ambition to comply with the Paris climate agreement.
But the Paris deal set a higher ambition of staying “well below” 2C and striving for 1.5C.
The current chief executive of the CCC is Chris Stark, a former civil servant in the Scot-Govt widely known as the ‘brains’ behind Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse.
Perry said: “The UK will need to legislate for a net-zero emissions target at an appropriate point in the future to provide legal certainty on where the UK is heading.”
This may – or possibly not – be important in context of a ‘hard Brexit’ and what appears to the Brit-Govt power-grab to divert devolved powers from Scotland to Westminster after Britain’s Independence Day when the UK quits the EU in March 2019.
19 Apr 2018