Report says Boris Johnson’s lack of climate leadership risks missing target and embarrassing UK at Cop26
The UK is falling behind on its target to cut greenhouse gas emissions and risks a surge in carbon emissions as lockdown eases, the government’s climate advisers warn.
Ministers must act fast if the UK is to avoid a massive rebound in carbon emissions after the coronavirus crisis eases, Lord Deben, chair of the committee on climate change (CCC), which published its progress report to parliament on Thursday, said. By setting up new schemes to insulate homes, raise carbon taxes, switch to electric vehicles and improve broadband, the government could spur a green recovery to create jobs and cut emissions permanently.
A national plan to renovate buildings and construct new housing to the highest standards of energy and water efficiency.
Bringing forward the phasing out of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2035 to 2032.
Raising carbon taxes, including fuel duty, while oil prices are low, to bring in £15bn a year for spending on green measures.