CREDS’ response to the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendations for the UK’s sixth carbon budget

09 December, 2020

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We are already confident that the social and technical changes identified in the CCC report can reduce energy use by significantly more than their projections assume.

CREDS welcomes the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendations for the UK’s sixth carbon budget.

We welcome the recognition that substantial change is only going to be delivered through measures that require both technological and social change, and therefore that public support and engagement will be critical.

The economic analysis clearly shows that by 2050 the savings from lower energy use can pay for the additional investment needed in low carbon technology. We look forward to that informing Government decisions to raise investment in energy saving from the low levels assumed in the recent Ten Point Plan.

We are not convinced that UK energy demand needs to be as high as the CCC is assuming. We are undertaking careful analysis of the scale of demand reduction that is possible and desirable. We are already confident that the social and technical changes identified in the CCC report can reduce energy use by significantly more than their projections assume.

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