'Don't blink' on carbon, UK urged

Industry body RenewableUK said the latest report from a key advisory body to the British government underlines the need to “stay the course” over national decarbonisation goals.

The UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) – a statutory group formed in 2008 to advise the government on the smartest ways to meet its binding climate targets – said there was no case for altering its latest “Carbon Budget”, set in 2011 and covering 2023-2027, when it comes up for review next year.

The CCC flagged up possible savings of £100bn ($137.7bn) from tackling decarbonisation in the 2020s rather than delaying action until the following decade.

RenewableUK’s deputy chief executive Maf Smith said: “The message from the CCC couldn’t be clearer. If the government is serious about protecting the consumer from future energy price hikes and reducing our carbon emissions then now is not the time to blink.

“With wind being such a crucial part of our future electricity mix, we really need the government to take this message on board and stay the course in order to get us off our unhealthy addiction to dirty fossil fuels, and the volatile prices they bring."