CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget shows ramping up renewables is key to reaching net zero at lowest cost for consumers

9/12/20 | Reaction
CCC Sixth Carbon Budget

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has today (Dec 9) published The Sixth Carbon Budget: The UK’s Path to Net Zero report which sets out, for the first time, the actions that the UK will need to take to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Responding, Morag Watson, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said: 

“We welcome the CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget, which contains advice to Government to move faster to reach net-zero and recognition that renewable technologies are key to delivering the cheap, low-carbon energy we need to achieve this.

"The report highlights that a portfolio of zero-carbon generation technologies will be needed to reach these ambitions. Scotland's abundant wind resources, leading position in onshore wind, world-leading floating offshore wind projects, marine energy technologies and expertise and the restoration of our peatlands, supported by the renewable energy industry, will play a key role in this.

"The report also outlines that achieving our ambitious emissions reduction targets can be done at low overall cost and would bring enormous socio-economic opportunities across the country, particularly to Scotland's most remote and rural areas.

“By adopting the measures recommended in this report the UK Government would demonstrate the ambitious global leadership required from the host of COP26 and ensure the UK is leading global efforts to tackle climate change.”



  1. The Climate Change Commitee's The Sixth Carbon Budget: The UK’s Path to Net Zero report can be found on its website.
  2. Photos of Morag Watson are available here.