The UK has been the fastest country to decarbonise over the past decade, and has benefited enormously both diplomatically, from its climate leadership, and economically, in getting ahead in the race to create a low carbon economy.
However, this progress is at risk of faltering as the government has failed to create plans to meet the UK’s future carbon budgets, and because of the complexity of the task to reduce emissions across not just power, but also the transport, buildings, industry, farming and land use sectors.
As the 2008 Climate Change Act reaches its 10th anniversary, we have launched this project, Cutting Carbon UK, to create new momentum to meet the UK’s carbon budgets in the short run, and to turn successful emissions reductions now into support for faster decarbonisation in the future, including towards a net zero target. We are collaborating on this work with other climate focused organisations, public authorities and businesses, and wider civil society.
We are exploring the potential for significant carbon reductions across sectors, and will seek to build the political case for doing so, by showing its popularity and how the UK can continue to benefit from very rapid carbon reductions.
The project has been made possible through generous support from the Network for Social Change.