Sajid Javid has launched a review into how the UK will meet its pledge to become the first major economy in the world to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The Chancellor’s Net Zero Review will examine how the country can continue to grow its economy while dramatically cutting its greenhouse gas emissions. It comes after Theresa May committed the country to the net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 as one of her final attempts to cement a lasting legacy of her time in Downing Street. The policy was criticised by the then chancellor Philip Hammond, who warned it could cost £1tn to deliver and would lead to swingeing cuts in public spending. But the issue of cutting the UK’s contribution to global warming is set to become a key battleground in the coming election, with each of the main parties pledging to go zero carbon within the next two decades. According to an opinion poll earlier this week, the looming climate crisis will be among the biggest motivating factors over how they will vote in the forthcoming election. Nearly two-thirds – 63 per cent – of the British public think politicians are not talking about climate change enough, the Opinium survey showed. For its part, Labour has pledged that every new home will be built to a strict new “zero carbon standard” within three years should it come to power. It forms part of its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
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Labour would introduce tough new standards forcing housebuilders to make new properties zero carbon within three years, Jeremy Corbyn is to announce. The last Labour government introduced regulations to make all homes zero carbon by 2016, but the rules were scrapped by David Cameron less than a year before they were due to come into force. Now, Labour says it would create a new “zero-carbon standard” to ensure new homes make no positive contribution to greenhouse emissions. The standard would be introduced by 2022. The party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, says tackling the climate emergency is at the heart of the “real change” he promised when he launched Labour’s campaign for the general election on Thursday.
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The UK energy sector has issued a clarion call for all parties in the upcoming General Election to place net zero policies at the top of their agenda, in order to “help kickstart a concerted drive to decarbonise the whole economy in a way that is affordable for customers”. Top of trade body Energy UK’s newly released wishlist for the next government are policies aimed at boosting energy efficiency, enabling low carbon home heating, accelerating the rollout of electric vehicles, and increasing investment in renewables and carbon capture technologies. Climate and environmental policies are shaping up to be a key battleground over the next six weeks, with Labour having already today launched an attack on the Conservative Party’s green record. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is reportedly gearing up to imminently make a key announcement on fracking. The moves come as climate and environmental concerns have shot to wider public prominence over the past year, and survey results released this week suggest the majority of voters believe climate policies will play a key role in influencing how they vote.
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