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Climate Change Convention

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 3726, tabled on 15 January 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what her timetable is for publishing the UK’s increased Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as required by the Paris Agreement; where she plans to publish the NDCs; and how she plans to consult (a) hon. Members and (b) the public in advance of publishing that information.

Answered on

22 January 2020

At the UN Climate Action Summit in September, my rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister called on all countries to raise the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The UK will play its part and come forward with an increased NDC this year, in good time ahead of COP26. The UK’s NDC will be communicated to the UNFCCC and published on the UNFCCC NDC registry, in line with our commitments under the Paris Agreement. The Government will keep Parliament informed.

The Government consults on its policies and proposals to reduce emissions through the process of setting carbon budgets and in preparing published plans for meeting them, most recently the Clean Growth Strategy. As the policies and proposals in the Clean Growth Strategy are developed and implemented over time, they too will be subject to public consultation and parliamentary scrutiny as part of the normal regulatory process.

We will use the opportunity of hosting the COP26 negotiations to shine a spotlight on ambitious action by governments, businesses and people around the world, and to continue to drive greater global climate ambition. This follows the UK becoming the first major economy to set a date for ending our contribution to global warming, enshrining in legislation in June 2019 a commitment to meet net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.