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CPRE comment on Committee on Climate Change report

7 July 2016

On 7 July 2016 the Committee on Climate Change published its report on the compatibility of UK onshore petroleum (including shale gas exploitation) with meeting the UK’s carbon budgets. It concludes that emissions from shale gas production must be accommodated within UK carbon budgets. As the Government cancelled its £1bn competition for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in November last year, emissions from shale gas will not be captured and stored. This implies that these emissions will need to be offset by emissions reductions in other areas to ensure UK carbon budgets are met.

Kim Hagen, senior energy campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said:

“If the Government gives the go ahead to fracking, other sectors of the economy will pay the price by having to reduce greenhouse gas emissions faster. Agriculture could face a heavy burden along with the domestic heating and transport sectors. Rural households already face higher costs for heating and transport and would be particularly affected from costs to decarbonise these sectors faster.”

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