Lord Deben, chair of the Committee on Climate Change, told a conference this week that all three major parties were approaching the issue too “delicately”. The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have all committed to cutting carbon emissions to net-zero, albeit by different dates. But all three manifestos have been criticised for containing insufficient detail about short term plans to cut emissions from heating which, along with transport, is widely reckoned to be the biggest challenge facing decarbonisation. Heating and hot water account for around 15% of the UK’s overall carbon footprint, with the nation currently off-track to meet a key target of ensuring 12% of heat is generated using renewables by 2020. Speaking at a conference on heat networks, organised by Westminster Forum, Lord Deben said: “It’s not enough and it’s not fast enough and it’s not right enough. “We don’t have the degree of urgency that we need to have. We are not where we ought to be.” As an example of the kind of progress that is needed, he said that “nobody” should be developing new homes without “appropriate”, low-carbon solutions to heating in their plans.
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