Wednesday 16 November, 1-3pm, Committee Room 6, House of Commons


At the beginning of 2016, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd committed to publishing a new Emissions Reduction Plan by the end of the year, setting out how the Government plans to achieve its decarbonisation targets set out under the Climate Change Act. The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now indicated the plan is likely to be completed by February 2017.

The previous Carbon Plan, published in 2011, covered the first four carbon budgets up until 2027. However the Committee on Climate Change has advised that policies currently in place are not sufficient to meet the fourth and fifth carbon budgets, largely due to shortfalls in progress in the heat, transport, and buildings sectors. Numerous changes to energy policy over the last 12 months have led to criticism from industry that lack of policy stability is putting off investment. Key policies that were included in the last Carbon Plan, such as Zero Carbon Homes, the Green Deal, and the £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage competition have been scrapped with no replacement policies announced.

 In July, the Government accepted the Committee’s recommended target for the fifth carbon budget for 2028-2032, of a 57% decrease in carbon emissions from 1990 levels. The next Carbon Plan must deliver a detailed strategy to achieve this across all sectors, while providing the long term certainty needed for investment.

In this PRASEG seminar an expert panel will explore the energy priorities for the next Carbon Plan and how the UK can effectively decarbonise while keeping prices down and providing opportunities for UK industry.

Chair: Alex Cunningham MP


Mike Thompson, Head of Carbon Budgets, Committee on Climate Change

Rebecca Williams, Climate Change and Energy Specialist, WWF‎

Joanne Wade, CEO, Association for the Conservation of Energy

Theo Mitchell, Policy Manager, Carbon Capture and Storage Association

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