The Committee on Climate Change advice and renewable energy in Wales


The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called on the UK government to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 – an ambitious increase from the current plan of 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050.

The UK has already shown remarkable leadership in tackling climate change. This leadership status positions the UK to achieve this new and needed reduction in carbon emissions at a pace not thought possible before the 2016 COP in Paris. Low Carbon have always understood that climate mitigation is not mutually exclusive to business development, innovation and growth. Estimations from the Aldersgate Group indicate that the share of the low-carbon economy will grow from 2 per cent of UK GDP today to 8 per cent by 2030 and 13 per cent by 2050. The CCC’s ambitions for the UK are reflected in trends around the world, with over 415 global investors signing up to the 2018 Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change to demand action – these investors alone manage more than $32 trillion in assets and points to the scope of potential finance available for sustainable products and services.


Mitigating climate change through private and institutional investment


Roy Bedlow, Low Carbon’s Chief Executive and Founder, discusses the important role that private and institutional investment plays in tackling climate change. 

With the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) due to publish new advice on the UK’s long-term climate targets in the coming days, now seems a good time to ask what next for carbon reduction. Real and impactful changes have been made to our energy generation to support climate mitigation, driven by investors and developers of renewables building sustainable and economic routes to emission reductions, and creating new and vibrant industries alongside.


10 years on from the Climate Change Act, how far have we come?


Roy Bedlow, Low Carbon’s Chief Executive and Founder explores why the Climate Change Act was so important at the time, and why we now need to be even more ambitious in tackling climate change.  

Low Carbon is committed to making a positive and significant impact on the causes of climate change, and this permeates all the work that we undertake. We pursue, and believe in, a global low-carbon future where we are entirely served by low carbon and renewable power.


Low carbon generation: investors are ready to invest, just provide the market


The decision by Secretary of State for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry to bring in a new round of Contracts for Difference auctions is to be welcomed, especially if they are opened up to less established technologies like onshore wind and solar.

But, for all the fanfare, the announcement cannot not detract from the fact that investment in renewables has been falling steadily in the UK since 2015 and is now at its lowest point in a decade. The Environmental Audit Committee’s recent report found that cash investments into renewables fell 10% in 2016 and a further 56% in 2017 – and it may well be the case that 2018 sees a further decline.


Guest blog: Closure of the FiT, investors need a positive signal


On our guest blog, Stephen Roberts – Associate Political Consultant at The Whitehouse Consultancy – discusses the potential impacts of the FiT closure. 

The Whitehouse Consultancy is an award-winning issues-led communications agency with expertise in the infrastructure, transport, energy and environment space.