Boris Johnson has failed to set out a plan for the UK to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions despite the government’s green rhetoric, a committee of MPs has found. Ministers are failing to instruct their departments to take the net zero goal into account when setting policy, there has been little coordination between central and local government on achieving emissions reductions, and the public has not been engaged, the public accounts committee said in a report published on Friday. Meg Hillier, the committee chair, said: “Government has set itself a huge test in committing the UK to a net zero economy by 2050, but there is little sign that it understands how to get there and almost two years [after putting the target into law] it still has no plan. We must see a clear path plotted with interim goals set and reached.”
Guardian 5th March 2021 read more »
There is not enough clarity over how the UK will meet its net zero target or what it hopes to achieve from the upcoming UN climate conference in Glasgow, MPs have warned. A report from the Public Accounts Committee said that the government still has “no plan” for how it will achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, despite it being almost two years since the target was set in law. Meanwhile, a second report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee said that ministers also needed to be much clearer about its goals for Cop26, a crucial round of climate talks that will be held in November. Darren Jones, a Labour politician who is chair of the BEIS committee, told The Independent: “We’re concerned that the strategy for Cop26 isn’t focused enough.
Independent 5th March 2021 read more »
The Government is failing to communicate the need for the public to eat less meat and switch to green cars in its net-zero drive, MPs have warned. A report from the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said there was no co-ordinated plan, with clear milestones, to achieve the legally binding goal to cut emissions by 100 per cent by 2050. The UK set a target in 2019 to cut emissions to “net zero” by 2050 but, two years on, MPs warned the Government was not properly engaging with the public on the behaviour changes, such as eating less meat or replacing boilers or cars with cleaner alternatives. The report said the Government would also have to engage more with local authorities, including ensuring they have the necessary resources to do their bit. As much as 62 per cent of future reductions in emissions will rely on individual choices and behaviours, from day-to-day lifestyle choices on diet to big ticket purchases such as vehicles or heating systems.
Telegraph 5th March 2021 read more »
The government has been hit by a double whammy of reports from MPs criticising its performance on climate change. The influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says ministers have “no plan” to meet climate change targets, two years after setting them in law. And the business committee says the vital UN climate conference scheduled for Glasgow in November will fail unless its goals are made clear. The government says both reports are inaccurate and unfair. The PAC’s report says ministers still don’t have a coordinated strategy to realise the goal of removing almost all the carbon emissions from Britain by 2050.
BBC 5th March 2021 read more »
Almost two years after enshrining the 2050 net-zero target in UK law, cross-party MPs have heard evidence that the Government still lacks a credible plan for delivery. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has today (5 March) published its latest report on ‘achieving net-zero’, outlining policy changes relating to the UK’s low-carbon transition this month and summarising evidence supplied by Government bodies and representatives. The overarching conclusion is damning – that the UK could fail to miss its long-term climate target due to the absence of a joined-up policy approach. The fact that there is no coordinated planning between departments has left many high-emitting sectors without clarity on how to transition, or support to do so, the document states. While praising departments for developing policy frameworks like the Energy White Paper and National Infrastructure Strategy, the PAC is warning that the “plethora of strategies” intended for publication this year could fail to deliver the low-carbon transition at the appropriate scale and pace. Forthcoming policy packages include the Heat and Buildings Strategy and Environment Bill – both delayed.
Edie 5th March 2021 read more »