The UK’s sixth Carbon Budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions for the first time, to bring the UK more than three-quarters of the way to net zero by 2050. UK government to set in law world’s most ambitious climate change target, cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels; for the first time, UK’s sixth Carbon Budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions; this would bring the UK more than three-quarters of the way to net zero by 2050
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The UK government has just announced a target of a 78% reduction in the country’s emissions by the year 2035, effectively bringing forward its previous 2050 target by 15 years. This is the first of many similar headlines you’ll be seeing this week. The ‘Earth Day’ climate summit due at the end of this week, convened by President Joe Biden of the United States, will see a range of different countries announcing upgraded climate ambitions. The UK government target is a pointedly ambitious one. The number comes from a major report released last year by the Climate Change Committee (CCC), an independent government advisory body tasked with guiding the government’s trajectory to net zero by 2050. The target is enshrined in legislation, and has been upgraded to include emissions from international aviation and shipping, a significant proportion of the country’s emissions.
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Green Alliance’s latest net zero policy tracker shows the UK “risks complacency” as it finds emissions will be nearly 40% higher in 2030 than needed to hit decarbonisation targets. This is based on current government policy, with the tracker monitoring progress on cutting emissions during this parliamentary term. It said that the faster than predicted shift to renewable energy is disguising a lack of progress in other sectors of the economy, with over half of UK emissions now coming from transport, buildings, agriculture and land use. It added that as a result, the UK will struggle to reduce its climate impact and meet its net zero emissions by 2050 target. Therefore, in order to meet its climate targets, the UK will need to double its annual spending on net zero focused policies from £21.2 billion to £43.6 billion every year to 2024.
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The most important thing that the government can do is focus policy on energy efficiency, on wind and solar, and on storage of electricity and the management of the grid. At the moment it’s a bit of a “Boris blunderbuss”, there are a huge range of marginal things, rather than a real concentration of effort on those things that will deliver the most emissions reduction in the fastest time, and will also drive people’s energy bills down as well.
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Edie rounds up how key groups across the green economy have reacted to the announcement, with many heralding it as a crucial step towards net-zero and an announcement that boosts confidence in the build-up to COP26. Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Connor Schwartz: “Targets for cutting emissions are important, but without the right policies, they won’t be met. The UK government is already struggling to meet its existing, less ambitious climate goals. Boris Johnson’s government may want to show global leadership ahead of this year’s crucial climate summit, but with its backing for new roads and airport expansion, and huge financial support for a mega gas development in Mozambique, it won’t be taken seriously.”
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How can Boris Johnson hit his ambitious new carbon-cutting target? Campaigners complain of slow progress on existing climate change goals as UK vows to accelerate green transition. The UK prime minister’s announcement on Tuesday of a tough new carbon-cutting target is the latest sign that he is taking the threat of climate change seriously — even if campaigners remain concerned about the slow progress towards existing targets. James Diggle, head of energy and climate change at the CBI business group, said the new target meant the government was “front-loading” its emissions cuts in the years to 2035. This decade would be “crucial”, he added. Squeezing carbon out of the transport system, household energy and food production will be more complicated and challenging. At the same time a huge increase in electricity from the grid to provide the energy for electric cars and electric heating systems will also be required. One particularly controversial subject is food. Much of the agricultural sector’s emissions are generated by the farming of cattle for beef, and the CCC has recommended the UK’s meat and dairy consumption should fall about 35 per cent by 2050.
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The recommendations require, among many other things, a reduction in miles traveled by car and more travel on transit and a massive increase in walking and cycling. “Car travel dominates surface transport emissions,” said a Climate Change Committee report published last year. “There are opportunities to reduce demand for car travel, through both societal and technological changes and by enabling journeys to be shifted onto lower-carbon modes of transport,” continued the report. While the Climate Change Committee wants to see a greater take-up of motor vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions, making cars electric will not be enough: car use has to be cut overall. In 2019, 7% of car journeys were less than 1 mile, while a further 17% were between 1 and 2 miles. That’s just one percent shy of a quarter of all car journeys being short enough to walk in minutes. Hopping into cars for such incredibly short distances causes congestion, increases road danger. and, by not walking or cycling instead, habitual car use leads to poorer health. The Climate Change Committee believes e-bikes could displace car journeys of up to 9 miles. E-bikes, said the committee’s 2020 report, offer the “potential to shift a greater number of journeys away from cars.” By 2050, the number of car miles traveled—car use in other words—must be cut by 34%, urged the Climate Change Committee’s report. If the U.K. government wishes to keep its climate change promises it would have to reintroduce fuel duty, massively ramp-up the building of cycling and walking infrastructure—including encouraging local authorities to introduce more “low traffic neighbourhoods” (LTNs)—and scale back its £27 billion road building program.
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The UK chancellor, Rishi Sunak, must radically overhaul the Treasury’s response to the climate crisis, reforming the department’s longstanding hostility to green spending and resetting its priorities, experts said. The Treasury is poised to introduce its long-awaited review of the government’s net zero strategy, and its recommendations will help determine whether the UK meets stringent targets on greenhouse gas emissions in the next 15 years.
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The public will need to make sweeping changes to their lifestyles, from how we travel and heat our homes to what we consume, if it is to meet highly ambitious legally-binding climate targets announced by the Government on Monday. Boris Johnson has pledged to cut UK greenhouse gas emissions by 78 per cent by 2035, compared to 1990 levels. This would put the country on course to meet its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, thereby doing its bit to meet world leaders’ goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C.
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Replacing gas boilers with green alternatives could cost homeowners up to £25,000, MPs and peers have warned, as the Government announced drastic new emissions cuts. Boris Johnson on Tuesday committed the UK to cutting carbon emissions by 78 per cent by 2035, compared to 1990 levels, as recommended by the Government’s climate advisory body. The legally binding pledge puts the UK at the forefront of emissions targets among leading economies, and comes ahead of a climate summit hosted by US President Joe Biden on Thursday. It means a 58 per cent cut over the next 15 years, according to analysis by the website Carbon Brief, and will require changes to the way we heat our homes and travel, and what we eat. For the first time, the UK will also include emissions from international aviation, which could cause a rise in air fares.
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