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The first UK-wide citizens’ assembly on climate change, Climate Assembly UK, has issued a list of recommendations as to how travel, diets, power generation and building use can be revamped to help society transition to net-emissions by 2050.

Edie 10th Sept 2020 read more »

MPs have promised to monitor how quickly the government implements recommendations of the UK’s citizens’ assembly on climate change. The findings of the assembly, published this morning, included support for wind and solar power, investment in low carbon buses and trains, bans on gas boilers and polluting cars and taxes on long-distant and frequent fliers.

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Citizens’ assembly backs EVs and low-carbon heat, but unsure on nuclear and CCS. A ban on the sale of internal combustion engine cars and gas boilers should be brought forward to as soon as 2030, the pioneering citizens assembly set up to help chart the UK’s route to net-zero emissions has recommended. The first report from the 110-strong Climate Assembly UK also expressed strong support for on and offshore wind generation and solar but was considerably cooler on nuclear and fossil fuels with CCS.

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Solar proved a winning technology for the UK’s first ever Citizens’ Assembly on climate change, with 81% supporting it. In a report released by the assembly today, it details 50 recommendations for the UK for meeting its net zero targets. These are the result of 100 members meeting six times over the first five months of the year. The Citizens’ Assembly is designed to be representative of the UK, with members from different demographics proportionate to the population itself. As such the support for solar is particular important, showing not just a willingness from the UK public to adopt solar, but an eagerness. In particular, the flexible nature of solar made it attractive to the group, which valued the fact it can be located in multiple different locations.

Solar Power Portal 10th Sept 2020 read more »

The core message of the Citizens’ Assembly is “get on with it”. Precisely the same message as from business groups, investors. MPs and campaign groups. It’s 12 years since the Climate Change Act, five years since the Paris Agreement and 12 months since the UK put net zero on a legal footing. The UK’s decarbonisation plan doesn’t even put the UK on a path to meet the old 80% target and the President of COP26 has failed to reassure MPs that the updated climate action plan would appear before the end of the year.

James Murray 10th Sept 2020 read more »

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