We are 10 this year also, so 2008 feels like a long time ago, and this institution has lasted pretty well over that decade.
So I want to make sure we make as much of that as possible to explore as many of the issues as possible so that we can have a really thorough look through all of the issues, and especially some of the international issues where the Act is quite clear and restrictive, that we don’t typically look at those things when we do our annual progress updates, for example.
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I can’t imagine where we would look at aviation and then return to it again, for example, a few weeks later.
This is deliberately quite a provocative question: would you say Hinkley C is going to be the last new nuclear plant in the UK? The last time we did this we ended up with over 2,000 pages of amazing analysis on the topic. And I think in amongst all that there is a really good model for how this could work in the future. I had a brilliant time up there, being the director of energy and climate change for five or so years. We’re going to have to think about what the appropriate level of the target should be in 2050, for example. All of them I think will be positive for the story that we hope we tell, at least I hope they are, the story that we need to be told and the story the government needs to focus on. Please contact us for commercial use.
So they’d be the top list. So there is lots that could be done with hydrogen. I am new to the job. So we could see hybrids. We haven’t done that yet and, indeed, it’s worth just reminding everyone out there, actually, that the request hasn’t come yet. And that’s such a controversial and difficult topic that I think we’ll want to do that. I am very into that stuff. I think it’s important that we speak clearly and authoritatively on the issues and it’s not to say that the CCC hasn’t done that in the past, but I think we’re at the moment when, actually, we really now do need to speak directly to government about what it is [doing] and, most importantly, what it isn’t doing. Coronavirus: What could lifestyle changes mean for tackling climate change?