United Kingdom auto and home heating taxes would be increased and environmental issues should be placed at the heart of any economic recovery following the coronavirus crisis, senior government advisers claimed on Thursday.
The main thrust of the CCC's progress report is that the covid-19 crisis should be turned into an opportunity to get in as many green and green-ish reforms as possible, as many other sensible countries are attempting.
He explained to BBC Information: "Any policy that prioritises local weather transform policy in excess of a speedy economic recovery would be suicidal for both equally the British isles economic climate and the federal government".
"According to the report, the government has made only "partial" progress on transport, which is not surprising, as the Department for Transport has gone rogue on climate change".
The recognition of hydrogen in the report has been openly welcomed by the UK's leading gas distribution network Cadent, who leads HyDeploy, the UK's first live pilot using hydrogen to heat homes.
Electricity: Networks should be strengthened to assistance electrification of transportation and heating.
And to help protect the United Kingdom from climate impacts, the £5.2 billion earmarked for flood defences over five years should be brought forward for schemes that are ready to go.
Tree planting, peatland restoration, and green infrastructure.
Even improving Britain's broadband network - to enable more people to work at home - could have big climate benefits, said Chris Stark, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change. Low-carbon "retrofits" are the way forward.
"We are not short of ideas of what can be done here", Stark told an online briefing, noting numerous proposed changes "stack up on straight economic grounds" as well as making sense for climate action.
Amazon also announced it is on a path to run on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of schedule.
"In particular, renewable technologies have some way to go, especially when it comes to energy storage. It's absolutely awesome", he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview.
It says refurbishing homes would improve lives and reduce emissions whilst also creating thousands of "green" jobs.
"This is a clear win-win opportunity which must be seized", he said in a statement.
Camilla Toulmin, a senior associate with the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development, said Britain - host of the delayed COP26 United Nations climate talks - could not afford "a slowdown or delay to climate action in 2020".
Since the target was set global economies have been rocked by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and are setting out recovery packages.
Achieving the UK's climate goals and rebuilding the economy fit naturally together, says the committee.
That goal was enshrined in law previous year following large-scale street protests and other civil disobedience by the grassroots movement and other climate campaign groups.
Also responding to the report, Vattenfall's UK Country Manager Danielle Lane said: "The UK is going to need a wide mix of low-carbon and renewable heat and power if it is to reach net zero, and the Committee on Climate Change is absolutely right to call for at least 40GW of offshore wind generation by 2030".
It states the changes should be manufactured as the Uk looks to get well from the Covid-19 disaster by building jobs.
And nearly all - 93% - agreed that, as the virus lockdown eases, the state, employers and others should encourage shifts in lifestyles to become more compatible with reaching net-zero. ENDS has compiled a timeline for 40 of the committee's main policy recommendations. "Now we can travel again it's up to the government to keep pollution down by giving people better choices to walk, cycle and take public transport when it's safe to do so. It can also stop squandering tens of billions of pounds on new roads". But that unusual drop shouldn't be taken as a sign of progress, or of how to tackle climate change. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters.