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Lead the global fight against climate change by delivering on our 2050 target for Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions

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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.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.55

Our verdict

  • 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.
  • A significant development in this policy area was the announcement in November 2020 of the government’s Ten-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. Green groups generally welcomed the plan, with some declaring it an act of genuine ‘leadership’, although others voiced concern over the lack of a roadmap for change.
  • The Spending Review, one week later, was considered by many environmentalists to be a missed opportunity to fund the new plan.  The boldness of the Ten-Point Plan is weakened by a lack of detail around promises and a failure to provide adequate funding, so this policy remains ‘in progress’. 

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