The CCC’s 2020 report to Parliament which assesses progress in reducing UK emissions over the past year was issued this week and can be found here. This year, the report includes new advice to the UK Government on securing a green and resilient recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. It recommends that Ministers seize the opportunity to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a defining moment in the fight against climate change. Although a limited number of steps have been taken over the past year to support the transition to a net-zero economy and improve the UK’s resilience to the impacts of climate change, much remains to be done. For the first time, the Committee sets out its recommendations by government department.

Key findings

The report highlights five clear investment priorities in the months ahead:

  1. Low-carbon retrofits and buildings that are fit for the future
  2. Tree planting, peatland restoration, and green infrastructure
  3. Energy networks must be strengthened
  4. Infrastructure to make it easy for people to walk, cycle, and work remotely
  5. Moving towards a circular economy.There are also opportunities to support the transition and the recovery by investing in the UK’s workforce, and in lower-carbon behaviours and innovation:

There are also opportunities to support the transition and the recovery by investing in the UK’s workforce, and in lower-carbon behaviours and innovation:

  1. Reskilling and retraining programmes
  2. Leading a move towards positive behaviours
  3. Targeted science and innovation funding

Supporting charts and data

2020 Progress Report to Parliament – Charts and data – click here

Related content

Supplementary report of the Advisory Group on costs and benefits of Net Zero – click here

COVID-19 can be an historic turning point in tackling the global climate crisis, CCC says  -click here