Apr
20

New UK climate change commitments announced

It has been reported that the UK will set radical new climate change commitments this week to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. This brings the current target forward by 15 years, making it a "world-leading position".

This report from the BBC states that Leo Murray of the climate charity Possible called the announcement "fantastic", but added: "We're not on track to meet previous climate commitments and in many ways the government is still failing."
Mr Murray said ministers were "facing both directions at the same time", as they had scrapped the Green Homes Grant for insulating homes, had not stopped airport expansion and were "still pushing a £27bn roads budget".

Ed Matthew, campaigns director of environmental think tank E3G, said: "Setting an ambitious emission reduction target would boost the UK's diplomatic drive to persuade other countries to set out ambitious targets of their own."
He added: "The UK now has the opportunity to spark a global green industrial revolution, but ultimately its credibility will rest on action."
Read the article here.