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Our Response to the "Net Zero, The UK's contribution to stopping global warming", CCC May 2019

On the 3rd May 2019, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) released a new report highlighting the requirement for the UK to be Net-Zero by 2050. The new report is based on the damning evidence presented by the IPCC last year, that without serious and rapid changes the world will miss the 1.5oC target.

The report from the CCC concludes that Net-Zero is possible, cost-effective and most importantly, it is necessary. Progressive reductions in the cost of technologies which can deliver a Net-Zero future and changes in the approach to how we power modern communities, means that Net-Zero is now a feasible target. By reducing our emissions to zero, we end our contribution to climate change. The fact that the target of Net-Zero is feasible is a testament to the work that is already being done. 

Community Windpower Ltd (CWL) are proud to be able to power 205,921 homes, saving 358,150 tonnes of CO2 every year, from our operational wind farms. With projects currently in development and consented this number could jump to more than 1.3 million homes and 2.3 million tonnes of CO2.

Scotland is already pushing ahead with the Government announcing that it will set a legally binding goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, with interim targets of 70% by 2030 and 90% by 2040. Scotland is already further ahead in its current climate change targets than the rest of the UK and much of Europe and therefore is in a much better position to reach net-zero.

Rod Wood, Managing Director of Community Windpower Ltd said “Scotland is a world leading nation in the development for a sustainable future. Our ‘Buy Scottish’ policy proves that the on-shore wind industry is economically viable, whilst being able to reduce our contribution to global climate change. We are pleased to see that the First Minister is recognising the ‘climate change emergency’ and that current targets will not be sufficient in keeping the rise in global temperatures below 1.5oC. What we must see now is these targets and policies turning into real, meaningful action. Local authorities must now work together and support wind and solar projects across the country, which will kickstart the green environment revolution“.

Leading activist Greta Thunberg may argue however that to see net-zero become a reality when she is in her 40’s is far too late and that the damage caused between now and then, will be far too great to reverse.

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