He said « real progress » had been made and 45 countries had submitted new climate plans for 2030. Progress to date in the transition to renewable energy has been encouraging, with electricity generation from renewable energy sources surpassing the total production of all fossil fuels for the first time in the third quarter of 2019. Electricity generation from renewable energy sources reached a record 36.9% in 2019, while current policy forecasts show that renewable energy will continue to grow to about 52% of production by 2030. It could also see the government face questions about progress in combating existing CO2 outbreaks. The nation is currently on track to meet future carbon budgets, which are likely to be updated as recommended by the CCC. Young said the ambitious commitments made by a growing number of countries to reduce their emissions to net zero were made possible by progress in the multilateral system, which underpinned climate talks. The CCC has previously highlighted the fact that almost all of the progress in reducing the UK`s emissions comes from the energy sector, while little progress has been made on heating and transport. This means that the UK will miss its fourth and fifth carbon budgets for 2023-2032 by increasing margins, as shown in the graph below. The scale of the challenge is further compounded by today`s net zero promise.
The progress they have made today must be recognized and encouraged, said Christiana Figueres, former UN climate chief. UN climate change has repeatedly called on countries to adopt more ambitious ambitions ahead of critical climate talks in Glasgow or Cop26 in November 2021, where the world needs to take stock of progress on reducing emissions. « This year, the government has also invested billions in supporting our low-carbon economy and has made good progress in discussing the removal of coal and the gradual reduction of new petrol and diesel cars, supporting renewable energy projects across the UK and announcing more than $3 billion to change the energy efficiency of UK homes and public buildings. » The UK government`s strengthening of climate policy over the past 12 months is a positive development, but, as the CCC points out, much more is needed for the UK to move towards its target of zero net emissions by 2050. In its 2020 Progress Report to Parliament, the CCC noted that 14 of its 21 key indicators for the necessary progress were moving in the right direction, but that by 2019 only four indicators were on track and that these were the same four indicators as in 2018. They cover the overall distance travelled by vehicles, emissions and production of renewable energy in the energy sector, as well as the percentage of heat demand from buildings from low-carbon sources. The considerable progress made since 1990 in decarbonising the UK`s industrial sector must be continued if the UK is to meet its current emissions reduction targets. The publication in 2017 of eight sectoral action plans for the decarbonisation of UK industry by 2050 offers a plan to this effect. By 2030, industry emissions are expected to be 56% below 1990 levels, slightly below the macroeconomic target.
« An agreement is possible, » Archie Young, who heads the UK climate negotiating team, told Climate Home News, saying « real progress has been made » in Madrid. The issue of finance was an area that made little progress at that meeting. Rich countries had promised to mobilize $100 billion a year from 2020 under the Paris Agreement – but commitments will not be honoured. The UK`s progress in achieving its binding climate targets is measured at the end of the