Tory MP Chris Skidmore has urged the UK to “step change” its approach to meeting net-zero climate targets. The former science minister is set to recommend long-term goals and immediate action the Government should take in the next two years as part of a review of Britain’s 2050 emissions target. But do you think the UK is doing enough to reach net zero? Vote in our poll.
A leaked copy of the report, due to be published on Monday, recommends a fivefold increase in solar power by 2035, scrapping of planning rules for solar panels, “eco-labelling” more environmentally friendly foods, an earlier phasing out of new gas boilers by 2033 and longer-term funding for net-zero projects.
Mr Skidmore states that the transition to a low-carbon economy is “the industrial revolution of our time” and has urged the Government to commit to supporting this in the 340-page report, arguing that the benefits outweighed the cost.
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The Net Zero Review report was commissioned by former Prime Minister Liz Truss but work has continued under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. A government spokesperson said Mr Skidmore’s report “recognises the Government progress that has been made to date in working towards legally binding net-zero targets.”
Business and Energy Secretary Grant Shapps said of the report: “The UK is well placed to ensure that tackling climate change also brings new jobs and investment for businesses and communities. I am grateful to Chris Skidmore for his detailed report today, which offers a range of ideas and innovations for us to consider as we work to grasp the opportunities from green growth.”
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