Stop Climate Chaos

Green is Working: Now we need action!

It’s time David Cameron started taking our Green Economy seriously

SCC Green is Working stunt at Treasury

The UK’s green business is thriving even as the rest of the economy struggles.

But the Government needs to start taking the Green Economy – and our world leading Climate Act - seriously.
(c) Clive Mear / Tearfund

Opportunities this Autumn

This Autumn our government had two key opportunities to deliver on the Climate Act and build our green economy, both of which were recommended by the government’s own independent advisor, the Committee on Climate Change:

1. Decarbonise Electricity by 2030

What we've been campaigning for: An Energy Bill was introduced to Parliament in Autumn 2012 and will continue to be debated into 2013. The Energy Bill is a once in a generation opportunity to clean up the power sector and ensure the targets in the Climate Act are embedded in the UK’s energy policy. We campaigned to ensure a clear target to make electricity generation is almost carbon free by 2030 was included in the Bill.

What happened: The government announced that a decision on a ‘decarbonisation’ target would be put off until 2016 – after the next General Election, and it was not included in the Energy Bill when first presented to Parliament in November 2012.

But thanks to all your campaigning over the last few months there is significant support amongst MPs of all parties to improve the Bill as it goes through Parliament. Our member organisations will build on this support and continue to campaign for a better Energy Bill, including a ‘decarbonisation’ target as it goes through parliament.

See more on how the Energy Bill needs to be improved (.pdf doc).

2. Count Aviation and Shipping emissions in the Climate Act

What we've been campaigning for: When the Climate Change Act was first made into law in 2008, greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and shipping were provisionally included. The government was required to decide by the end of 2012 whether to enact this part of the Climate Act.

What happened: This decision has now also been put off until 2016, until there is more clarity on ‘how aviation emissions will be tackled at an EU and global level’.

Whilst we would rather these emissions were embedded into the Climate Act now, this does mean these emissions will continue to be counted as part of the Climate Act’s targets for the next few years – and the Climate Change Committee have said this decision was ‘sensible’.

Again, thank you for campaigning on this issue. It helped show politicians that stepping back on the UK’s climate commitments is just not acceptable.

This pressure from the public is crucial as parts of government continue to challenge the UK’s climate commitments. So please keep it up, and watch this space for more on the ways you can hold our politicians to account on climate change over the coming months.

See more about our 'Green is Working campaign in Autumn 2012

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