UK still off-track to reach Net Zero

The Green Alliance’s final assessment of UK climate policy before @COP26 reveals that the government is still off track for #NetZero but policies in the pipeline can help.

Read the Net Zero Policy Tracker report [PDF]…

The UK has a strong track record of climate ambition. Not only was it the first major economy to set a legally binding 2050 net zero target, but it was also one of the first countries to commit to phase out coal powered energy. In November 2021, the country will look to cement its position as a global leader on climate change by hosting the UN climate summit in Glasgow.

The Green Alliance’s calculations show the UK is a long way off track to meet its 2050 net zero carbon target. Policies in place at the start of this government left an emissions gap of 985 MtCO2e over the fifth carbon budget period (2028-32). Policies and spending announced since will only reduce emissions by 24 per cent, still leaving a significant gap of 746 MtCO2e.

There is a silver lining. If the UK government committed to the housing and transport policies that are out for consultation, the country would be over a third of the way to closing its emissions gap in the fifth carbon budget period.

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