The UK will have to more than double the rate it is currently reducing CO2 emissions in order to meet its 2030 target, despite strong progress in 2019, a report by Carbon Brief has found. As set out in the fifth carbon budget in 2016, the UK is aiming to reduce CO2 by 57% by 2030, on 1990 levels. In addition, there is a legally binding target to hit net-zero emissions by 2050. Analysis by Carbon Brief, published today (2 March), found the UK has reduced carbon emissions by 28% over the last decade, with 2019 seeing a 3 per cent reduction. In the past year alone, Carbon Brief’s analysis shows that coal emissions fell by 28%, while CO2 from the use of gas and oil each fell by less than 1%. This means carbon emissions were 354 million tonnes of CO2 last year. UK emissions have fallen every year for the past seven years, marking the longest run of continuous reductions on record and bringing the total to its lowest level since 1888.
Edie 3rd March 2020 read more »
The author of a groundbreaking report on the economic impact of climate change has called on Rishi Sunak to spend more than £8bn in his first budget next week to kickstart a “massive and long-term” boost to “zero-carbon infrastructure, new skills and sustainable innovation”. Lord Stern said the new chancellor had a unique opportunity to address regional inequalities and invest to meet the government’s target for net-zero emissions with measures already highlighted in the Conservative party manifesto. Stern, who runs the London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, told Sunak to focus his efforts on sectors that are “difficult to decarbonise”, such as transport, property and industry. Sunak is known to be hurriedly rewriting his budget speech for 11 March and earmarking funds to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, possibly delaying measures to improve the UK’s infrastructure. But he is expected to signal extra spending in the regions over the life of the parliament to 2024, to support Britain reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Guardian 3rd March 2020 read more »
UK climate science denial group sees membership income triple over past year. Global Warming Policy Foundation says Bolsonaro’s anti-environment policies and France’s yellow vest protest are part of ‘nascent backlash against regressive climate policies’
Independent 3rd March 2020 read more »