LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s lack of policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 is jeopardizing its chances of reaching the target, the country’s climate advisers said in a progress report on Thursday.
Britain in 2019 became the first G7 member to set a net zero target, which will require sweeping changes to the way Britons travel, eat and use electricity.
The country is also hosting international climate talks in November in Glasgow, where countries are expected to present plans to abide by the Paris climate agreement to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).
“The (Britain) goals set will not be achieved by magic. Surprisingly, little has been done so far to achieve them,” said Chris Stark, chief executive of the Climate Change Committee (CCC). during a briefing with journalists. (Graphic: Britain’s progress towards achieving the net zero climate target,)
Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen nearly 50% since 1990, largely due to an increase in renewables such as wind and solar, and a shift away from the polluting coal.
However, a rebound in emissions is expected in 2021 after a sharp drop in 2020 due to restrictions on homes and businesses to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The government plans to ban the sale of new fully gasoline and diesel-powered cars and vans from 2030 and has launched subsidy programs to increase renewable energy, but the measures do not go far enough, he said. declared the CCC.
The government is expected to phase out gas-fired electricity generation by 2035 unless it is equipped with technology to capture and store emissions and new home boilers sold from 2025 are also expected to be able to use gas. ‘hydrogen, said the CCC in a series of recommendations.
He said the British should be encouraged to reduce their meat consumption and the country should apply a carbon tax or minimum carbon standards for products imported from abroad.
Failure to quickly release a clear strategy will also undermine Britain’s ability to encourage other countries to set tougher climate targets during the Glasgow talks, the CCC said.
Reporting by Susanna Twidale; edited by David Evans