The path to Net Zero

in the UK

5 February 2021

In December 2020 the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC) published the Sixth Carbon Budget report, which provides ministers with advice on the volume of greenhouse gases the UK can emit during the period 2033-2037. This report is based on an extensive programme of analysis, consultation and consideration by the CCC and its staff, building on the evidence published the previous year when advising on a new ‘Net Zero’ target for the UK.

Chris Stark will provide an overview of the CCC's advice in this landmark report, which sets out for the first time a detailed pathway to achieving Net Zero in the UK by 2050 including the first ever detailed assessment of the changes that will result – and the key milestones that must be met.Professor Cameron Hepburn will mediate a Q&A session with Chris following the presentation. Cameron is Director and Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and current Chair of the Policy Advisory Board for the UK Committee on Climate Change.

> Read the Sixth Carbon Budget Report

About the speaker

Chris Stark is the Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the public body tasked by the Climate Change Act to be the independent authority on tackling climate change. Chris leads a team of analysts and specialists, offering expert insight into the challenges of reducing UK emissions and adapting to the changing climate.  

Chris led the CCC’s work in 2019 to recommend a new ‘Net Zero’ target for the UK – now brought into law. He speaks regularly on the transition to a zero carbon economy and the need to confront climate change with urgency.

Chris has wide experience in government. He has designed economic policy in Whitehall, including in HM Treasury and the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was previously Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of the Scottish energy and climate strategies. 


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