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UK Climate Change Programme

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UK Climate Change Programme

The Climate Change Programme, published by Defra and the Devolved Administrations in 2006, set out policies and priorities for action in the UK and internationally.

Printed copies are available from TSO priced £23.00 - see

The document is also available in the following sections for easier downloading:

Annual reports to Parliament

A commitment was also made to introduce an annual report to Parliament. Subsequently, the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 requires a report to Parliament on greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, and on action taken by Government to reduce these emissions.

The second annual report was published and laid before Parliament on 17 July 2008:

The first annual report was published and laid before Parliament on 26 July 2007:

Supporting documents

The Programme is supported by a Regulatory impact assessment which looks at the overall costs and benefits of the package.

Work was carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of the policies and measures contained in the 2000 version of the Climate Change Programme, as well as appraising the impact of the proposed new policies contained in the 2006 Climate Change Programme:

A group of analysts from across Government carried out another study, using standard technical guidelines to promote consistency:


The UK Climate Change Programme 2000

The UK's first Climate Change Programme was published in November 2000, and a review was launched in September 2004. The Programme detailed how the UK could reach the Kyoto target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5 percent, and move towards the domestic goal to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2010.

The documents from 2000 are available as follows:


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