Boris Johnson’s government has set “historic” targets on the climate crisis but has failed so far to come up with the policies needed to reach them, the government’s independent advisers on the climate have warned. The Climate Change Committee published two progress reports on Thursday, showing the UK lagging behind on its key goal of 78% cuts to greenhouse gases by 2035 and making recommendations on how to get back on track. Lord Deben, the committee chairman, said: “[The targets] are remarkable and have set a major example [to the world]. But the policy is just not there. It’s very clear we need to step up very rapidly.”
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The Climate Change Committee says the prime minister’s “remarkable” climate leadership is undermined by inadequate policies and poor implementation. The government says its net zero strategy, due in Autumn, will show where carbon cuts will be applied. But the CCC says that, at current progress, only 20% of the UK’s ambitions up to 2035 will be achieved. The committee complains that the public has not been engaged to make changes essential for protecting the climate. Sales of new gas boilers should be stopped by 2035. People will mostly convert to heat pumps instead. This will involve disruption – and the CCC says ministers will have to subsidise the installation cost. Committee members want to see taxes taken off clean electricity – and maybe shifted on to more polluting gas – although power bills for poor households should not rise. Frequent fliers will need to be curbed, the CCC believes.
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The UK Government has not yet backed up its long-term climate target of net-zero by 2050, often described as “world-leading” by Ministers, with realistic and ambitious delivery plans, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) is warning. In its latest progress report to Parliament on reducing emissions, published today (24 June), the Committee states that the UK Government is failing to support “important statements of ambition” on decarbonisation with “firm policies”. In other words, despite the introduction of a legally binding net-zero target in 2019 and subsequent short-term funding pots like the £12bn provided in the Ten Point Plan, most high-emitting sectors are still unprepared to decarbonise at the scale and pace needed.
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UK greenhouse gas emissions are set to rebound sharply next year as life returns to something like normality after the pandemic, government climate advisors warned today [Thursday]. Emissions fell by 13 per cent in 2020, one of the steepest dives in living memory, as the Government forced the economy into lockdown. Emissions from aviation fell by 60 per cent, shipping by 24 per cent and surface transport – such as trucks and cars – by 18 per cent.
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The UK has made “woeful” progress on tackling the climate crisis, the government’s own advisers have warned. Ministers have made too little progress on tackling greenhouse gas emissions in key areas such as farming and have been “much too slow” to reverse damage to the country’s poorly protected peatlands, advisers said. The government has also ignored repeated warnings to prepare for the “inevitable” impacts of the climate crisis, which include hotter and drier summers and worse floods and wildfires, according to a set of two annual progress reports from the UK’s climate advisers.
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Business travel should be killed off, the government’s advisers on climate change said as they called for the green impact of the pandemic to last for ever. Lockdown conditions led to an historic 13 per cent drop in the UK’s carbon emissions last year, mostly due to cuts in flying and car use, meaning by the end of 2020 the UK had cut its emissions by 50 per cent compared with 1990 levels. But the gains were likely to be “illusory” unless positive behaviour changes were embedded, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) said in its annual progress report. It also waded into the row over the Planning Bill, saying that it should include guidance to ensure developments were compatible with green targets and resilient against overheating and other impacts of climate change.
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There is a “vacuum” in government policy on climate change with Boris Johnson failing to match promises to cut emissions with action, according to Britain’s advisory body. The lack of progress risks undermining the country’s credibility as host of Cop26, the UN climate conference in Glasgow in November, and “puts the whole process into jeopardy”, the Climate Change Committee warned. Lord Deben, the committee’s chairman, said that if the government failed to set out strong policies by November it would not persuade other countries to act on their emissions. “If we haven’t shown the way in which we’re going to deliver, then we will not be able to make Cop a success,” he said. “The whole concept of global Britain being a leader will be undermined.”
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Prominent groups and individuals across the UK’s green economy have expressed anger and disappointment about the nation’s lack of progress on decarbonisation despite its net-zero pledge, as evidenced in the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) latest report. Published today (24 June) the CCC’s progress report to Parliament for the year reveals that, with current policies, the UK is only likely to deliver one-fifth of the emissions reductions needed by 2035. The Government recently adopted a new Sixth Carbon Budget for that time period, in line with the CCC’s recommendations, but it is already off track on delivering the Fourth and Fifth Carbon Budgets that will come before then.
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The Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG) has been launched today, bringing together 14 of the world’s leading climate experts in a bid to provide independent advice and guidance to global leaders on critical climate issues. A policy paper published this morning confirmed the CCAG’s priorities would focus on mobilising political and financial players to help accelerate large-scale emissions reduction efforts, ramping up greenhouse gas removal solutions, and researching ways to repair damaged climate systems, such as Arctic ice sheets. The document argues that not enough is being done to mitigate the impacts of climate change and warns that achieving “net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is no longer enough to halt the irreversible and long-term impacts of the climate crisis”. As such, the document argues it is “essential” that leaders consider aiming to reach net zero emissions between 2035 and 2040, warning nations will need to increase their current emissions mitigations pledges five-fold to limit global warming at the Paris Agreement’s more stretching goal of 1.5C and three-fold to cap global temperature rises at its upper limit of 2C.
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