The England Trees Action Plan and England Peat Action Plan are the latest documents detailing the nation’s efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Burning, grazing and draining have left only a fraction of English peatlands in their natural state, meaning they currently release as much CO2 as all industrial processes in the UK. Meanwhile, tree-planting rates are a long way off existing government targets. While the new plans include various proposals for reversing these trends, key statements on peat restoration and tree planting largely reiterate previous government pledges. The devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are responsible for their own trees and peatlands. Here, Carbon Brief has assessed the most relevant elements of the English plan and what they mean for the UK’s wider climate targets.
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