Commenting on the Committee on Climate Change Carbon Budget announced today, Claire Jakobsson, Head of Climate & Environment Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“With analysis from both government and the Committee on Climate Change indicating that there is already a significant policy gap in relation to meeting the fourth carbon budget there is undoubtedly some concern from industry about how we can take this further step and deliver a 57% reduction by 2030, without further damage to sectors such as steel.
“A high level of ambition going into the Paris negations next month is certainly no bad thing but it means little unless it is backed up with a credible and cost effective plan to delivering it. The dust is yet to settle on yesterday’s bombshell regarding the withdrawal of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) funding, but unexpected decisions like this and a slackening off on domestic energy efficiency policy do not fill one with confidence that the UK’s increasingly ambitious climate change targets are entirely backed up with the will and means to succeed.
“Whatever the government now decides to do with this advice, it essential that it demonstrates an alignment of ambition, policy and financial commitment. In the absence of this, our targets are destined to become an expensive exercise in futility.”