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Climate Change Policy A UK perspective. Jill Duggan Head of International Emissions Trading Climate and Energy Business and Transport UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Jill.duggan The problem and the case for action. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Climate Change Policy A UK perspectiveJill DugganHead of International Emissions TradingClimate and Energy Business and TransportUK Department for Environment, Food and Rural

  • The problem and the case for action

  • There is consensus in the UK on the central scientific findings of global warming a problem that requires urgent actionGlobal warming is real: average surface temperature has increased by 0.74C over the last hundred years, a rate and scale likely to have been greater than at any time in at least the past 1000 years.Global warming is man-made: most of the warming over the last 50 years is attributable to greenhouse gases from human activities.2oC

    Even if mitigation was sufficient to contain annual emissions at todays level, the world is likely to experience a 2oC warming above pre-industrial levels by 2050


    Without significant mitigation, on business as usual trends, there will be a 50:50 chance of exceeding a 5oC temperature increase by the end of the 21st Century

    There will be an increasing severity in the number of people dying from hunger, water shortages, heat-related stress and malariaThe risk of serious human impacts increases strongly without mitigation5oC is the difference between temperatures now and the last ice ageIPCC Fourth Assessment Report (2007). Stern Review (2006).

  • The challenge is to stabilise global greenhouse gas concentrations to avoid the worst of these climate change risks The Stern Review recommends a stabilisation goal of no more than 550ppm CO2eTo achieve this would require that global emissions peak in the next 10-20 yearsDelaying the peak in emissions by 10 years would double the rate of reduction requiredThe UK target of a 60% CO2 reduction by 2050 is consistent with the Stern goalStern Review (2006); ppm = parts per million concentrations in the atmosphere.Global emissions (GtCO2e)

    60% (2)







    Developed countries: 60% cut from 1990 levels by 2050

    550ppm CO2e

    500ppm CO2e

    450ppm CO2e

    Business as usual

    Developing countries: 25% growth on 1990 levels by 2050 (on 550ppm path)

    Annex I Emissions

    non-Annex I

    450ppm CO2e

    500ppm CO2e (falling to 450ppm)

    550ppm CO2e


    Summary UPDATED (2)


    dE&M Stabilisation Emissions


    500ppm (450ppm stab)36.9440.7545.2341.5931.3725.4820.820.7518748444



    IEA Projections38.279483006841.58727568548.425548638754.945098061561.499137437171.712826242883.9136773201


    Annex 118.1017.60

    Annex 1 growth relative to 1990-0.03-1.00-1.00-1.00-1.00-1.00

    Non-annex 120.5023.90

    Non-annex 1 growth relative to 19900.17-1.00-1.00-1.00-1.00-1.00

    Cuts required to meet 5500.752.638.6320.3534.8650.91

    Cuts required to meet 500ppm0.753.1913.3530.1346.2363.09

    Cuts required to meet 4500.823.1322.7443.8457.9070.96

    Emissions Path - 100% below 1990 in 20500.000.006.0025.0050.0075.00100.00

    Annex I18.1017.6017.0113.589.054.530.00

    Implied NAI Emissions to meet 550ppm23.1528.7832.7432.0932.3333.01

    % change from NA1 from 199013%40%60%57%58%61%

    Implied NAI Emissions to meet 500ppm23.1528.2228.0222.3220.9620.82

    % change from NA1 from 199013%38%37%9%2%2%

    Implied NAI Emissions to meet 450ppm23.0828.2818.638.619.2912.96

    % change from NA1 from 199013%38%-9%-58%-55%-37%

    Emissions Path - 90% below 1990 in 20500.000.006.0028.0049.0070.0090.00

    Annex I18.1017.6017.0113.039.235.431.81

    Implied NAI Emissions to meet 550ppm23.1528.7833.2931.9131.4331.20

    % change from NA1 from 199013%40%62%56%53%52%

    Implied NAI Emissions to meet 500ppm23.1528.2228.5622.1420.0519.01

    % change from NA1 from 199013%38%39%8%-2%-7%

    Implied NAI Emissions to meet 450ppm23.0828.2819.188.438.3811.15

    % change from NA1 from 199013%38%-6%-59%-59%-46%

    Emissions Path - 60% below 1990 in 20500.000.006.0025.0035.0047.5060.00

    Annex I18.1017.6017.0113.5811.779.507.24

    Implied NAI Emissions to meet 550ppm23.1528.7832.7429.3827.3525.77

    % change from NA1 from 199013%40%60%43%33%26%

    Implied NAI Emissions to meet 500ppm23.1528.2228.0219.6015.9813.58

    % change from NA1 from 199013%38%37%-4%-22%-34%

    Implied NAI Emissions to meet 450ppm23.0828.2818.635.904.315.72

    % change from NA1 from 199013%38%-9%-71%-79%-72%billion


    Emissions Path - 60% from 1990 in 20500.000.006.0025.0035.0047.5060.00

    Annex I18.1018.1017.0113.5811.779.507.24

    Global (no action NAI)38.6042.0017.0113.5811.779.507.24

    Addition cuts required to meet 550ppm1.25-28.78-32.74-29.38-27.35-25.77

    % reduction NA1 from 200510%-241%-274%-246%-229%-216%

    Addition cuts required to meet 500ppm1.25-28.22-28.02-19.60-15.98-13.58

    % reduction NA1 from 200510%-236%-234%-164%-134%-114%

    Addition cuts required to meet 450ppm1.32-28.28-18.63-5.90-4.31-5.72

    % reduction NA1 from 200511%-237%-156%-49%-36%-48%

    Suggested Emissions PathKyoto (-6%)-25%-35%-60%

    Annex I181817141297

    Annex I Cuts from 19900-0156911

    Annex I growth relative to 19902%-6%-25%-35%-48%-60%

    Global (no action from NAI)384217141297

    Global below BAU2%-65%-75%-81%-87%-91%

    Global below 199011%-55%-65%-69%-75%-81%

    Addition cuts required to meet 5502-28-19-6-4-6

    % reduction in non-Annex I from BAU

    Non-Annex I growth relative to 1990-72%-79%-73%

    New Non-Annex I GrowthPath21222819646

    Additional + Annex I cuts01-27-14045

    Addition cuts required to meet 4502-29-33-29-27-26

    % reduction in non-Annex I from BAU

    Non-Annex I growth relative to 199040%30%23%

    New Non-Annex I GrowthPath21222933292726

    CDM cost as $10 per tonne of CO2550ppm-$59.02-$43.17-$57.21


    Kyoto OnlyKyoto (-6%)-25%-35%-60%

    Annex I18181717171717

    Global (no action from NAI)39421717171717

    Global below BAU-2%59%59%59%59%59%

    Global below 1990-10%56%56%56%56%56%

    Additional to 550ppm22-28-15-134

  • The poorest countries and people will suffer the most

    Many developing countries are likely to be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, due to their geography, their dependence on agriculture, and/or their lower incomes and access to resources.

    Poorest people in richer countries are vulnerable as they are most likely to live in marginal lands, have fewer financial resources to adapt to climate change (e.g. insurance), and are least likely to be aware of the risk of a severe weather event.Changes in cereal production for a doubling of carbon dioxide levels (roughly equivalent to 3C in the models used)The key relates to the three simulation models usedSource: Stern ReviewChange in cereal production in developed and developing countries for 3C warmingAgriculture in higher-latitude developed countries is likely to benefit from moderate warming (2-3 C), but even small amounts of climate change in tropical regions will lead to declines in yield.Stern Review (2006)

  • The costs of stabilising the climate are manageable delay would be dangerous and much more costly Stern Review (2006)

    Delay is a dangerous option because damages from climate change rise disproportionately with temperature.

    For example, a 25% increase in storm wind speeds is associated with an almost 7-fold increase in damages to buildings.

    Adaptation is crucial for responding to unavoidable climate change but there are limits to how much it is possible to adapt to the worst effects.

    For example, climate change could lead to floods, massive population shifts, and wars over natural resources; it would be very difficult to adapt to these changes. Also, ecosystems are unlikely to be able to adapt at the rapid rates of change expected.

    5% GDPIncome losses if we do nothing: market impacts only20% GDPIncome loss including non-market impacts, risk and equity1% GDPCosts of mitigation to stabilise emissions at 550ppm by 2050vs

  • UK Progress on tackling climate change

  • UK Progress against Kyoto target

















    History of emissions

    Business as usual

    Including 2006 policies and measures

    Kyoto target


    GHG emissions (MtCe)

    GHG emissions and projected emissions, from UK Climate Change Programme 2006

















    History of emissions

    Kyoto target


    GHG emissions (MtCe)

    GHG emissions and projected emissions, from UK Climate Change Programme 2006(The EU Emissions trading scheme will deliver between 3.0 MtC and 8.0 MtC, depending on where the cap from the second phase of the scheme is set)

    CO2 emissions and projections