Reframing climate change: from long-term targets to stringent and inclusive carbon budgets

Impact: Environmental, Policy


The UK’s Climate Change Bill (2008) proposed a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 60% by 2050. Tyndall-Manchester’s research concluded this target was inconsistent with the government’s repeated commitment to a temperature rise of no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. It demonstrated a minimum 80% reduction was necessary; scientifically-robust policies must be based on ‘cumulative emissions’ (carbon budgets); and that targets should include emissions from aviation and shipping. All three recommendations are now explicitly enshrined in primary legislation, with the responsible Secretary of State acknowledging the “signal contribution” of Tyndall-Manchester’s research to the 2008 Climate Change Act.
Impact date2014
Category of impactEnvironmental, Policy
Impact levelBenefit