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Climate Assembly UK

Climate Assembly UK was the first UK-wide citizens assembly on climate change. It was commissioned by six House of Commons Select Committees and published its final report in September 2020.

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Six Select Committees of the House of Commons commissioned the citizens’ assembly in June 2019 to understand public preferences on how the UK should tackle climate change because of the impact these decisions will have on people’s lives. The six committees involved were: Business Energy and Industrial Strategy; Environmental Audit; Housing, Communities and Local Government, Science and Technology; Transport; and Treasury.

Climate Assembly UK brought together 108 people from across the UK and from all walks of life to examine the question:

"How should the UK meet its target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050?"

Learn more about who took part here.

The assembly met for six weekends between late January and mid-May 2020 and published its final report, The Path to Net Zero, on 10 September 2020. The report shows how a representative sample of the population believe the UK should meet its net zero emissions commitment with detailed recommendations across ten areas including: how we travel; what we eat and how we use the land; what we buy; heat and energy use in the home; how we generate our electricity; and greenhouse gas removals. Read the report.

The committees aim to use the assembly's results to inform their work in scrutinising government.

On these pages you can learn more about Climate Assembly UK and its recommendations for parliament and government, and find information about citizens’ assemblies and how they are used to inform policy making.

The Climate Assembly UK website contains an archive of the Assembly’s weekend meetings including videos and transcripts of all the presentations made to the Assembly.

Climate Assembly UK members on their report