The UK is still off track in meeting its 2050 net zero goal, although policies in the pipeline could help this, Green Alliance has found. In its latest net zero policy tracker, Green Alliance detailed how policies in place at the start of this government left an emissions gap of 985MtCO2e over the fifth carbon budget period (2028-32), with policies and spending announced since only reducing emissions by 24%, leaving a gap of 746MtCO2e. This calculation factors in emissions from international aviation and shipping, which the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommends should be formally included in legal carbon budgets. However, if the government commits to the housing and transport policies that are currently out for consultation, the UK would be over a third of the way to closing its emissions gap in the fifth carbon budget period.
Current 13th Sept 2021 read more »
Policy smog is holding back UK net zero progress. The CBI has warned the UK risks being ‘complacent’ in its lack of clarity and detail on plans to reduce carbon emissions.
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