The UK’s flagship policy for creating a cleaner Britain is in line for “a significant refresh” in order to help meet the government’s new 2050 net zero emission target. The move was revealed yesterday in Parliament, when Liberal Democrat peer Lord Teverson asked if the UK’s new target for net zero emissions by 2050 will require an update to the Clean Growth Strategy, drawn up when the UK’s target was for an 80 per cent emissions cut against 1990 levels by mid-century. In response, recently appointed Climate Minister Lord Duncan acknowledged an updated strategy was “absolutely vital”. “We will need to be bold about taking ourselves forward to net zero by 2050, because our present initiatives are not adequate to deliver that,” he said. “There will need to be a significant refresh not just of the wider Clean Growth Strategy, but of all aspects of this covering all government departments.” Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group, said an overhaul of the Clean Growth Strategy should focus on accelerating investment in “no regret areas” such as energy efficiency and low-carbon heat for buildings, electric vehicle uptake and decarbonising the power sector. Trials for using hydrogen to produce low-carbon heat, and applying carbon capture and storage in heavy industry should also be supported, he said.
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Plans for a cleaner and healthier Britain stepped up a gear today (10 September 2019), as Ministers announced more than half a billion pounds of investment in green technologies.
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The phrase “climate change” has been mentioned over 19,000 times in British parliamentary debates, with Labour politicians using the term more than representatives from any other party. These are among the findings to emerge after Carbon Brief extracted data from over 200 years of records from the UK’s houses of Commons and Lords. The analysis reveals how the climate conversation in British politics has shifted over the years, from discussing the “greenhouse effect” in the late 1980s to more recent debate over the “climate crisis”.
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