The UK prime minister’s recent 10-point climate plan won’t do enough to achieve his goal of curbing the country’s greenhouse emissions, a report says. A consultancy has calculated that the UK will need to go further and faster to achieve its commitment of net zero emissions by mid-century. UN scientists say massive emissions cuts are needed immediately to stop CO2 accumulating in the atmosphere. So, the year 2030 is a key date for avoiding dangerous climate change. The analysis by Cambridge Econometrics suggests Mr Johnson’s plan will reduce emissions 59% per cent by 2030, based on 1990 levels. It says they should really fall by 70% by that date. It’s rumoured that government advisers the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) will tell ministers that a percentage target reduction in the upper 60s will be needed.
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Carbon emissions in Britain are estimated to have fallen by 10.2 per cent this year as lockdowns reduced economic activity. That outstrips a 5.5 per cent decline in emissions globally, according to Carbon Monitor, highlighted in a report by Oil & Gas UK. The oil industry trade body noted that the estimated decline in emissions was less than the forecast 11.3 per cent decline in UK GDP expected this year. It said that this highlighted the huge scale of the challenge that would be involved to meet the UK’s target of reducing emissions to net zero by 2050.
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