Futile obsession with the trace gas carbon dioxide looks likely to expose the UK government’s so-called climate policies as hopelessly unrealistic, soon enough. Net zero or not zero?
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The UK is on course to reduce its emissions by less than a fifth of what’s needed to meet interim climate change targets, according to data shared exclusively with Sky News.
The think tank Green Alliance says its analysis of current policies shows the longer-term goal of being net zero by 2050 is also in jeopardy.
The government is shortly expected to announce a ten point plan of action on climate change. But Green Alliance says even proposed policies including bringing forward the banning of sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars wouldn’t be enough to get the government to even half of its interim reduction target.
Sales of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars are currently due to end in 2040 though the government is considering bringing that forward to 2035 and green groups want them withdrawn by 2030.
The government has set a legally binding target for the UK to be net zero by 2050. In 2018 the UK emitted 451 megatonnes of carbon. If there was a linear reduction of carbon by 2030 emissions would need to have been reduced to 314 megatonnes.
Green Alliance says this year the government announced policies to reduce emissions by 47 million tonnes towards the interim 2030 emissions reduction target – notably the expansion of wind and solar power.
But it says that amounts to a 17% reduction of what needs to be done to meet the interim target.
If you add in proposed new policies currently out to consultation that would reduce emissions by another 53 million tonnes – together that would mean a 36% reduction of the emissions cuts needed to meet the 2030 target.
There is huge pressure on the UK to show it is a leader on tackling climate change ahead of hosting next year’s COP26 climate conference when the world aims to agree ambitious pledges to reduce greenhouse gases.
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November 17, 2020 at 05:06AM