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The NIA comments on the tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act 2008

26 November 2018

The Climate Change Act 2008 underpins the UK’s approach to tackling and responding to climate change. On it’s tenth anniversary, Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the NIA, said:

“The tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act 2008 is the perfect time to reflect on the significant progress we have made as a country since it came into place, when just 18.5% of electricity generation came from clean energy – 13% from nuclear and 5.5% from renewables. This is particularly significant when compared to generation in 2017, when low carbon sources of electricity accounted for 50.1% of power generated – 21% from nuclear, 14.8% wind (onshore and offshore), 3.4% solar, and 2.3% hydro.

“The Climate Change Committee, born of the Climate Change Act, set out a target for power to reach an emissions intensity below 100 gCO2/kWh by 2030. While we have made great progress to meet these targets, there is still a need for further reductions especially as over the past week carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation averaged at 294Gco2/kWh.

“The Act played an important role of bringing climate change to the forefront of the political agenda, however it’s critical government continues its support for new nuclear if we are to meet our decarbonisation targets in the long term.”