The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged the government to get on with fast-tracking the UK’s push towards net zero emissions, amid rising frustration from business over the absence of detailed decarbonisation plans and ongoing delays to key green policy measures. With the UK set to host the next UN climate summit in Glasgow next year, Britain’s biggest business group today called on the government to build on its rhetoric promising to cement the UK as a global leader in climate action by using the rest of the year to reignite efforts to put the country on track for net zero emissions by 2050. The business body today launched a ‘Green Recovery Roadmap’, which calls for the government to build back from the Covid-19 pandemic-induced recession by accelerating the deployment of a host of crucial green technologies. As such, the Roadmap urges the government to publish the long-awaited Energy White Paper, so as to explain how a net zero energy system can be delivered, and release the promised National Infrastructure Strategy, which has now been delayed several times. More broadly, the Roadmap urges the government to accelerate efforts to develop and scale up renewables, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, green retrofits for buildings, hydrogen infrastructure, sustainable aviation fuels, and carbon capture, storage and utilisation (CCUS) technologies.
Business Green 14th Sept 2020 read more »
The UK government is on course to miss its target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, experts have warned in a new report. “The government is a long way off track, in several areas including housing it hasn’t put forward the step-changing policies needed to get the UK on the right path” says Tom Sasse, co-author of the report and senior researcher at the Institute of Government. Although there’s been a consistent fall in emissions from the power sector, as the country transitions from coal and oil to gas and renewables, the UK is falling behind in curbing pollution from transport and investing in energy efficient housing. “Net-zero by 2050 is the baseline countries have agreed to in order to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change” Mr Sasse told The Independent.
Independent 11th Sept 2020 read more »