A decade-long rollout of home insulation and heat pumps to replace gas boilers is urgently needed to enable the UK to meet its climate obligations and recover from the Covid-19 recession, campaigners say. A government scheme to insulate homes, requiring households to apply for green grants, began in September and is due to finish next March. That will leave tens of millions of homes still leaking energy and relying on fossil fuel heating, which must be phased out for the UK to meet its net zero carbon goal. Expanding the scheme to a long-term programme would be one of the biggest ways to ensure carbon targets are met, and would create at least 300,000 jobs, according to the Climate Coalition of 70 charities and campaigning groups representing about 22 million supporters around the UK.
Guardian 5th Nov 2020 read more »
As the government gears up to unveil its 10 point green recovery plan this autumn, an alliance of more than 70 civil society groups have set out which net zero policies they think should make the cut. “The 10 point plan set out today should serve “litmus test” for the government commitment’s to net zero.” There are encouraging signs the government is preparing to deliver on at least some of the key asks put forward by green groups.
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On the 6th October 2020 the Prime Minister confirmed that the Government would take action to achieve 40GW of offshore wind by 2030, more than enough to power every home in the UK. This was set out as the first point of a 10 point plan for a ‘green industrial revolution’ to put the UK on the pathway to net-zero by 2050. The Prime Minister is due to set out the full ten point plan before the end of this year. Leading UK NGOs working on climate change and development set out below our own 10 Point Plan for the UK to forge a green recovery from the pandemic and inspire the world to follow, ahead of the crucial COP 26 climate summit that the UK will be hosting next year. Our Ten Points are as follows: Existing pledges from the world’s countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions put us on course for a catastrophic 3°C to 4°C of global heating. To show global leadership as COP 26 President, the UK must announce this year a high-ambition UK NDC that is a fair share of the global effort needed to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C, the target set out in the Paris Agreement; Green Homes; Renewables; Zero Carbon Transport; Nature Protection; Investment and Finance; Net Zero Test; Clean Energy Finance Overseas; Support Impacted Communities; Protect and Restore Ecosystems Globally.
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