The Committee on Climate Change’s 2012 progress report looks at emissions trends over the past year and evaluates underlying progress in implementing carbon-reduction measures and policies in the UK. It assesses performance of government policies in driving down emissions – including in areas such as Electricity Market Reform, the Green Deal and Carbon Capture and Storage.
The report finds that Greenhouse Gas Emissions fell by 7%. But only 0.8% of this can be linked directly to implementation of proactive carbon lowering measures. This means the rate of underlying progress is only a quarter of what’s needed to meet future carbon budgets. The report also highlights challenges which remain across key issue areas namely: lack of investment in renewable energy and low carbon power; energy efficiency and renewable heat in buildings; and cleaner transport and travel.