Lead the global fight against climate change by delivering on our 2050 target for Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions
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Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.55
We will lead the global fight against climate change by delivering on our world-leading target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as advised by the independent Committee on Climate Change.
- This policy promises to provide global leadership in combating climate change by delivering on the UK’s target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
- In November 2020 the government announced a Ten-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, which was broadly welcomed by green groups, with some declaring it an act of genuine ‘leadership’, although others voiced concern over the lack of a roadmap for change. In March 2021, in an apparent U-turn, the government intervened to halt plans for the development of a new coal mine in Cumbria, following an outcry from environmental groups and objections from the government’s climate watchdog, the Committee on Climate Change.
- The November 2020 Spending Review was viewed by many environmentalists as a missed opportunity to fund the new ten-point plan, and the March 2021 Budget has also been described as a failure to deliver what is required to fulfil the net zero pledge. However, with the late intervention to put the Cumbrian coal mine on hold, and a number of positive green initiatives announced in the March 2021 Budget, we think the government is moving towards a position of global leadership in fighting climate change. There are valid concerns about a lack of urgency in delivering on this pledge, but on balance we think the policy is ‘in progress’.
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