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Report finds CCC essential to climate policy

A government review has found that there is an extremely strong case for the retention of the Committee on Climate Change’s functions.

The review found that in the absence of these functions, Government would not receive the necessary advice on the levels of climate change targets and Carbon Budgets; or be held accountable by a credible body who are independent.

From the evidence gathered from all stakeholder groups, there is a consensus that it is essential that there remains an independent source of advice for Government, both at Ministerial and official levels, on the key issues of climate change.

It is considered that the CCC has the necessary expertise to provide the detailed analysis and advice required to ensure that Government sets and maintains appropriate targets and is held accountable, as set out in its core functions under the 2008 Climate Change Act.

Specific responses to the questionnaire stated that: “It is vital that UK Government continues to receive impartial scientific advice from internationally recognised experts that the CCC provides” and “the ASC and CCC are viewed as highly credible, transparent brokers of climate and energy - related information”.

The output from the workshops also endorsed the continuing need for the functions saying “Any change in delivery model which compromised the real or perceived independence of the Committee would fundamentally undermine its ability to deliver its functions.”

The workshops also agreed that: “The CCC’s and ASC’s advice sets the framework for having the debate with Government” and “provides a point of reference that others hang on to including ECC and EFRA select committees.”

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