Committee report on Draft Climate Change Bill
The Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill have published their report on the Draft Bill today. Key findings include the following:
- The 2050 target for carbon reductions does not reflect the latest science on climate change and is undermined by the exclusion of aviation and shipping
- The upper limit for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 should be removed
- Mechanisms to enforce the bill need to be strengthened and the legal responsibility should fall on the Prime Minister instead of the Secretary of State for Environment
- Close monitoring and reporting of other GHGs
- The Bill needs to be strengthened on adaptation to include a duty on the secretary of state to report on the risks and proposals to address those risks
- The Government needs to consider how best improve public understanding and action on climate change and role of local government in addressing climate change
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