Dear Jason McCartney,
By the end of June the Government is due to approve the ‘fifth carbon budget’. Under the fifth carbon budget, emissions must fall by 57% below 1990 levels by 2032. The budget was set out by the Committee on Climate Change, the statutory body set up under the Climate Change Act to advise ministers on how to meet the UK’s long term climate target of an 80% reduction in emissions by mid-century.
There is more information from the Committee on Climate Change on the ‘fifth carbon budget’ here https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/the-fifth-carbon-budget-the-next-step-towards-a-lowcarbon-
economy/ and here https://www.theccc.org.uk/2016/03/31/the-fifth-carbon-budget-abalanced-
We agree with the level of ambition proposed by the Committee on Climate Change, which states that “A less ambitious fifth budget would therefore mean either a back-tracking on existing commitments (i.e. the fourth carbon budget) or a failure to progress towards 2050. Such a stop-start approach would store up bigger costs for the future, and would run counter to the recent Paris Agreement, which called for action to increase.”1
We were delighted to learn that a number of Conservative MPs 2 – including two from Yorkshire – wrote to the Prime Minister in early May, calling on the Government to approve the ‘fifth carbon budget’. In their letter they stated that “Early and full acceptance of that advice will give investors and government the confidence to act and so maintain this government’s proud record of lower emissions combined with sustained economic growth.”3
Please could you let us know if, like the signatories of the Conservative MPs’ letter, you call on the government to approve the Committee on Climate Change’s ‘fifth carbon budget’ and if you would be willing to write to the Prime Minster to express your views?
We would be grateful if you could let us know by 7th June.
We look forward to hearing from you.
39 signatories from the Colne Valley constituency