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Government Reveals Plans to Reach Net-Zero By 2050

The Government has unveiled its Net Zero Strategy, which outlines how the UK will deliver on its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The publication of the plan to dramatically reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, came less than 2 weeks before the United Nations COP26 conference in Glasgow where world leaders will meet to negotiate actions to mitigate (and adapt to) climate change at the global level.

The Strategy outlines measures to transition to a green and sustainable future, including:

  • decarbonising the power system by 2035
  • phasing out the sale of gas boilers by 2035
  • £450 million of funding for a Boiler Upgrade Scheme
  • ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030
  • investment in bus infrastructure
  • the development of sustainable aviation fuel
  • an extra £124 million for peat restoration and reforestation

 

The Strategy states that more than £26billion of government investment in a “green industrial revolution” will support 190,000 jobs by 2025, and 440,000 by 2030, while leveraging up to £90bn of private investment by 2030.

However, the Government’s Net Zero Strategy has been criticised by experts and campaigners for being insufficiently ambitious and under-funded. A key criticism of the Strategy is that it doesn’t show the carbon emissions savings any of its measures will deliver. Additionally, the Strategy contains no reference to the dietary changes needed to get to net zero, or other individual behavioural changes such as reducing personal air travel or improving home insulation.