The UK is ‘seriously off-track’ to reaching net zero by 2050. Dustin Benton, Policy Director at Green Alliance, said the country is around 20% above where it needs to be by 2030 in emissions terms. He said the country is around 20% above where it needs to be by 2030 in emissions terms – he noted it is not only possible to bring this down and get the UK back on track this year but stressed it is absolutely vital to do so considering the UK is hosting COP26 and needs to set a strong example of global leadership. Mr Benton noted France spent two years preparing for COP21 and added as the UK only has around nine months left until its own conference, it will “need to sprint” in order to make sure it is ready on time. The Policy Director suggests the nation can get back on track by bringing forward the ban on petrol and diesel vehicles to 2030, better insulating the UK’s homes, protecting and rebuilding natural resources such as woodland and peatland, allowing onshore wind and solar to compete for power contracts and enabling industry to become more circular.
Future Net Zero 18th Feb 2020 read more »
Climate crisis: Government refuses to explain ‘trillion pounds’ estimate of transition to net-zero emissions. The government has refused to explain why its estimates for the cost of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions are 40 per cent higher than projections from independent experts. In June, before ministers announced the 2050 target, a leaked letter from Phillip Hammond warned then-prime minister Theresa May that “the cost of transitioning to a zero-carbon economy is likely to be well in excess of a trillion pounds” a year.
Independent 19th Feb 2020 read more »