United Kingdom report: Use coronavirus recovery funds to phase out ICEs sooner

Katie Ramirez
June 28, 2020

"If we are to emerge successfully from COVID-19 there is only one route, and that route is one which enables us also to fight climate change", the chair of the Committee on Climate Change, John Gummer, said in a press briefing.

The full CCC video presentation of its 2020 Progress Report may be found online in the form of a Zoom meeting replay, when loads of men sat in their houses. wearing suits. on the hottest day of the year.to talk about climate change.

The Committee on Climate Change report draws on recommendations made by the Climate Assembly UK, a citizen panel set up by several parliamentary committees with members selected to reflect the demographics of Britain's diverse population.

Published today (25 June), the CCC report charts the successes (emissions from energy generation are down 67% on 2008 levels) and failures (transport emissions have risen year-on-year since the early 2010s) of the UK's low-carbon transition to date.

"It's there for the taking", he added.

"COVID-19 has shown that planning for systemic risks is unavoidable", said Julia King, who chairs the CCC's adaptation committee. Meanwhile, the global crisis of climate change is accelerating.

The recognition of hydrogen in the report has been openly welcomed by the UK's leading gas distribution network Cadent, who leads HyDeploy, the UK's first live pilot using hydrogen to heat homes.

Committee chief exec Chris Stark said the UK's progress to net zero is "patchy or uncertain" in most places though, adding that the country is "not where we thought we'd be by now" after announcing the grand ambition for 2050 past year. In its new report, the Committee has assessed a wide set of measures and gathered the latest evidence on the role of climate policies in the economic recovery.

It states the improvements ought to be created as the United kingdom looks to get better from the Covid-19 crisis by developing work. "That is a remarkable statement that I don't think I would have been making a few years ago".

The committee was more cautious about increasing the price of heating gas, and Lord Deben said the poor must be protected from high prices.

The findings and recommendations to government departments are all very familiar. These, it claims, are the urgent steps that must be taken in the months ahead to initiate a green, resilient COVID-19 recovery. They can be delivered through strong coordination across Whitehall.

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Doing so, claim the committee, will propel the United Kingdom towards more rapid climate progress and position the country as an worldwide climate leader ahead of the pivotal COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year.

RenewableUK head of policy and regulation Rebecca Williams said a green economic recovery after the pandemic can create tens of thousands of jobs and attract billions in investment.

Energy networks must be strengthened for the net-zero energy transformation in order to support electrification of transport and heating.

Scottish Renewables policy director Morag Watson said: "The committee reiterates that mature renewable technologies like wind and solar power are as cheap as, or cheaper than, new fossil-fuel alternatives".

Achieving the UK's climate goals and rebuilding the economy fit naturally together the CCC believes.

Speaking about the measures in the report directed at improving efficiency in domiciles, Jess Ralston, analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, said: "For time, it's been obvious that the UK's building stock is not up to the net-zero standard and throughout the pandemic, our homes are becoming more essential than ever".

"In particular, renewable technologies have some way to go, especially when it comes to energy storage".

"Sectors such as renewable energy, tree-planting and home energy retrofits offer major opportunities for near-term job creation and would also shift the United Kingdom economy onto a net-zero trajectory".

"LR conducted a study this year on behalf of the OGA, looking at some of the potential options for decarbonisation and how we can move to an integrated energy future".

Offshore wind capacity should reach 40GW within a decade, says the CCC.

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