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Building a low carbon economy : implementing the Climate Change Act 2008. /

by HM Treasury.

Publisher: London, U.K. HM Treasury 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Climate Change Act 2008 creates a new approach to managing and responding to climate change in the UK. At the heart of the Act is a legally binding target to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, to be achieved through action at home and abroad. To drive progress towards this target, the Act introduces five year “carbon budgets”, which define the emissions pathway to the 2050 target by limiting the total greenhouse gas emissions allowed in each five year period, beginning in 2008. ; The first three carbon budgets - for 2008-12, 2013-17, and 2018-22 - must be set by 1 June. In setting them, the Government must take into account the advice of the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) established under the Act to advise the Government on setting carbon budgets and to report to Parliament on the progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The CCC published its first report on 1 December 2008. Budget 2009 and this document provide the Government’s high-level response to that advice.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Becoming the 'greenest government ever' : sustainable development in government : reporting period 2006-2009 /

by Blakeley-Glover, Jaime | Sustainable Development Commission | Clench, Callum.

Publisher: London, U.K. Sustainable Development Commission 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2010Summary: The UK's new government has pledged, in the words of David Cameron shortly after the election, to be "the greenest government ever", with far-reaching plans to protect the natural environment, tackle climate change and promote sustainability. There is much that it can do to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take up this challenge, and one of the best places to start is on its own doorstep - taking action to ensure that its own workplaces meet the highest standards. As the UK moves into an era that will be dominated by the enormity of the budget deficit and the increasing urgency of addressing climate change and other serious environmental problems, it is vital that Government ensures that sustainable development structures, strategies, and tactics employed to drive improvements in operations and procurement are in place. These need to be sufficiently ambitious to meet the challenges faced and make the fullest possible contribution to the UK's economic recovery, longer term well-being and resilience. Understanding the mutually reinforcing nature of different operational activities, their longer term effects and the potential benefits of taking a more innovative approach to running Government's business will help it work towards its wider policy goals through its procurement and operational activities.Availability: (1)

Adaptation in the UK : a decision-making process /

by Ranger, Nicola | Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the nvironment | Millner, Antony | Dietz, Simon | Fankhauser, Sam | Lopez, Ana | Ruta, Giovanni.

Publisher: London, U.K. Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment 2010; Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2010 bibliography : p. 58-59Summary: This report contributes to the theoretical framework of the Committee on Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee's work on assessing the preparedness of the UK to meet the risks and opportunities arising from climate change.Availability: (1)

The Green Investment Bank : second report of session 2010-11 : Volume I : report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence /

by Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Environmental udit Committee.

Publisher: London, U.K. The Stationery Office Limited 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2011 HC 505Summary: The UK has a legal commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by 2050, and also to generate a higher percentage of energy from renewable sources by 2020. The Committee on Climate Change and others have called for a 'step change' to deliver the new low carbon infrastructure required to meet these targets. The scale of investment needed is unprecedented: most estimates range between 200 billion and 1 trillion over the next 10-20 years. Traditional sources of capital for investment in green infrastructure can only provide 50 to 80 billion up to 2025, leaving a funding gap running into hundreds of billions of pounds. The Government's top priority is to cut the deficit, so investment will have to come predominately from the private sector. To bring in this investment, there are a number of market failures and investment barriers that require urgent remedial action. A Green Investment Bank will be an essential means of unlocking the enormous scale of private sector investment needed.Availability: (1)

"The greenest government ever" : one year on : a report to Friends of the Earth /

by Porritt, Jonathon | Friends of the Earth.

Publisher: London, U.K. Friends of the Earth 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2011Summary: "Green' is sometimes used as shorthand for 'the environment', and sometimes as shorthand for sustainable development. In judging the UK Coalition's "green credentials", it is important to adopt the broader definition of green, looking not only at measures to address climate change and protect biodiversity, but also at how these relate to economic and social policy, as captured in the themes of the Coalition Government's Sustainable Development Vision.Availability: (1)

International dimensions of climate change : final project report /

by Great Britain. Government Office for Science.

Publisher: London, U.K. The Government Office for Science 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2011Summary: This Foresight Report has used available evidence and expert opinion to consider the effects of climate change that could occur outside of the UK, but which could give rise to threats and opportunities that need to be considered by UK policymakers. It complements other reports which have considered both the direct impact of climate change within UK borders and the consequences of various mitigation strategies for the UK. These assessments, however, do not consider the political, economic and social impacts on the UK from changes taking place elsewhere in the world. This Report aims to fill that gap. Climate change is expected to act as a 'risk multiplier', interacting with other trends. It is likely to make it even more difficult to address poverty, disease, and food and water insecurity. In particular, rising temperatures and changing patterns of precipitation may affect the availability of food (including crops and livestock) and water, leading to more hunger and increased volatility in food prices, and heightened regional tensions, affecting international stability and security. An increased frequency of extreme weather events may adversely affect human health, disrupt the flow of natural resources and commodities, and threaten global infrastructure for transport and energy. Moreover, the inherent uncertainty of these various impacts is likely to increase risks significantly in the business and financial sectors.Availability: (1)

Warmth in a changing climate : how should the government encourage households to use renewable heat? /

by Pendleton, Andrew | Institute for Public Policy Research | Viitanen, Jenni.

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2011 Bibliography : p. 22Summary: Meeting the targets for emissions reduction set in the Climate Change Act 2008 will require significant changes in the technology used by households to provide heat. This briefing considers the options for decarbonising household heat, examines the barriers policymakers face and reflects on the findings from four focus groups with consumers.Availability: (1)

Fiscal costs of climate mitigation programmes in the UK : a challenge for social policy? /

by Marden, Sam | London School of Economics. Centre for Analysis of Social xclusion | Gough, Ian.

Publisher: London, U.K. London School of Economics. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. 2011Description: PDF.Other title: CASEreport ; no. 145.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2011 Bibliography pp. 29-30Summary: This paper asks whether the policies and programmes enacted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will compete with other goals of public policy, in particular social policy goals. The Climate Change Act 2008 has set the UK some of the most demanding targets in the world: to reduce GHG emissions (compared with 1990) by at least 80% by 2050 and by at least 34% by 2020 - just nine years away. A wide array of climate change mitigation policies (CCMPs) have been put in place to bring this about. Will these compete fiscally with the large public expenditures on the welfare state? We address this question by surveying and costing all UK government policies that have a climate change mitigation objective and which are expressed through taxation, government expenditures and government-mandated expenditures by energy suppliers and other businesses and which are directed toward the household sector. Our conclusion is that expenditures on CCMPs are tiny - around one quarter of one per cent of GDP - and will not rise significantly. Within this the share of direct spending by government will fall and that obligated on utility companies will rise. Green taxes are also planned to fall as a share of GDP. There is no evidence here of fiscal competition between the welfare state and the environmental state. However, the use of mandated electricity and gas markets will impose rising costs on the household sector, which will bear more heavily on lower income households and will increase "fuel poverty". Thus demands on traditional social policies are likely to rise. More radical policy reforms will be needed to integrate climate change and social policy goals.Availability: (1)

Climate change, justice and vulnerability /

by Lindley, Sarah | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | O'Neill, John | Kandeh, Joseph.

Publisher: York, U.K. Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2011 Bibliography pp. 113-119 Appendices pp. 120-176Summary: Climate change will increase the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events such as floods and heatwaves in the UK. This project is concerned with justice in the distribution of the effects of these events on well-being. The effects of extreme weather events will not be distributed evenly. How badly a person or group will be affected will depend not just on their exposure to the event, but on their vulnerability - that is, how well they are able to cope with and respond to floods and heatwaves. Vulnerability is a matter of how events convert into losses in well-being.Availability: (1)

The national adaptation program : making the country resilient to a changing climate /

by Great Britain. HM Government.

Publisher: London, U.K. Stationary Office 2013Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2013 "Presented to Parliament pursuant to Section 58 of the Climate Change Act 2008" - title pageSummary: Our climate is changing and the impacts from it are likely to affect most of us in some way during our lifetimes. There have always been natural fluctuations in climate but observational records show that we are seeing rates of change far greater than those experienced in recent history. Precise satellite measurements show that the global mean sea level is rising by an average of over 3 millimetres per year and accelerating, average annual sea surface temperature is rising, with each of the last 11 years among the 12 warmest on record and Arctic sea-ice retreated to its smallest ever observed extent in September last year. The government has assessed the risks posed by the changing climate. Extreme events, such as the flooding which occurred throughout the country in late 2012, or the drought of early 2012, are likely to become more frequent and more severe in the coming decades, bringing potential disruption to the economy. However, the government has also found that there are opportunities for some businesses who do take action. This Programme has been drawn up by the government, industry and other non government organisations working together. It contains a mix of policies and actions to help us to adapt successfully to future weather conditions, by dealing with the risks and making the most of the opportunities.Availability: (1)

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