Progress on Carbon Budgets

Inquiry concluded: Report published, Government Response received

In its recent report, the Committee followed up its 2011 report on carbon budgets. The inquiry will examine whether the emissions reduction targets in the Climate Change Act (which underpin the UK carbon budgets) are still valid as an appropriate UK contribution to avoiding dangerous global climate change, the operation and management of the carbon budgets within government and what the Government’s response should be for its overall carbon budgets in the light of the Committee on Climate Change’s  (June 2013) assessment of UK emissions reduction performance.



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    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.

Inquiry timeline

Find further information including details of oral evidence taken on the carbon budgets timeline.

Select Committee Inquiries

Select Committees carry out inquiries on areas ranging from the work of government departments to economic affairs. The results of these inquiries are public and many require a response from the government.