“Major failures” mean current government programmes will not be enough to deliver net zero, according to the latest Progress in reducing emissions: 2022 Report to Parliament from the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

The landmark 600-page report is the first such since the release of the government’s Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, and follows a number of key policy documents for the energy sector in particular over the course of the first six months of 2022 amid continued concerns over energy security.

It finds a mixed picture of the UK’s progress, with significant risks or policy gaps for 38% of the required emissions reductions needed to meet the Sixth Carbon Budget. But if all policy and pathways were delivered, it would slightly outperform the Budget.


“The UK is a champion in setting new climate goals, now we must be world-beaters in delivering them,” said CCC chairman, Lord Deben.

“In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, the country is crying out to end its dependence on expensive fossil fuels. I welcome the Government’s restated commitment to Net Zero, but holes must be plugged in its strategy urgently. The window to deliver real progress is short. We are eagle-eyed for the promised action.”

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