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Climate change and climate change policy in the UK 2006–07

Carolyn Snell

in Social Policy Review 20

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420763
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420763.003.0005
Climate change and climate change policy in the UK 2006–07

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Since the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the issue of climate change has been central to policy agendas. In the UK, policy on climate change occurs at a range of policy levels, and falls under the remit of a number of governmental departments. This chapter discusses a distinctly new focus of policy development, that of environmental policy. It is an area that has had a profound impact on the range of social policy concerns, for example poverty, economic and social globalisation, transport and housing. This chapter outlines some of the key international, European and domestic climate change targets. It also discusses the developments in 2006–07, focusing on recent policy changes. The most notable areas of policy development are the 2006 Climate Change Programme, which sets out the overall government climate change strategy, and contains the main elements such as the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS); the 2007 Energy White Paper Meeting the Energy Challenge, and the 2007 Climate Change Bill. An assessment of the key areas of policy direction is also offered in this chapter including an assessment of the current UK progress which evaluates the capability of the recent policy proposals in addressing climate change.

Keywords: climate change; policy agendas; environmental policy; social policy concerns; Climate Change Programme; climate change strategy; Emissions Trading Scheme; Energy White Paper; Climate Change Bill

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Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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