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. In March 2021, the government intervened to halt plans for the development of a new coal mine in Cumbria. In April 2021, the government committed to enshrining in law a new carbon budget, the “world’s most ambitious climate change target, cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels”. Set against these positive developments, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published a report in March 2021 which found that “Government lacks a plan for how it will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050”, and the annual progress report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) describes the past year as characterised by “uncertainty and delay”.
- The issues raised in the PAC and CCC reports are significant, and many environmental groups have similar and related concerns. However, with the late intervention to put the Cumbrian coal mine on hold, the new carbon budget laid before Parliament (as recommended by the Climate Change Committee), and a Net Zero strategy promised for delivery before COP26 talks in November 2021, we think the government is at least moving towards a position of global leadership, so this policy is ‘in progress’.
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