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Influential committee slams government over F-Gas plan delay

Committee on Climate Change calls for quicker, more drastic response to tackle greenhouse gas emissions

The influential independent government advisory group, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), has slammed the government for delaying publishing a route map for ’restricting the use of F-gases to the very limited uses where there are currently no viable alternatives.’

The government had promised that by Spring this year it would publish a plan setting out the UK’s route to restrict F-Gases but this has not yet happened. In its 10 July report, Reducing UK emissions – 2019 Progress Report to Parliament, the CCC listed the failure as one of several key areas where the government was not keeping up with the required pace of reduction of greenhouse gases.

It noted that its forecast for emissions reductions in 2018 was for a 9 per cent cut in F-Gases from 2007 levels, but so far the UK has only achieved a 4 per cent cut.

In the report, the committee flagged up a range of concerns about progress towards cutting carbon, ranging from heating to agriculture. 

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