UK ‘to set tougher emissions target ahead of Cop26’
Reported move comes ahead of major US summit on climate change this week
on Monday demanding action.Mr Johnson’s new target, if confirmed, would be in line with the recommendations of the Climate Change Committee, published last year, for the government's sixth carbon budget.In its report, the committee said that it would effectively bring forward by 15 years the UK's commitment to getting to an 80 per cent reduction.
In order to be achieved, it said that there would have to be more electric vehicles, an extension of offshore wind power generation, a reduction in meat and dairy consumption and the planting of new woodland.The reported move comes at a time when the government is anxious to give a clear lead on climate change in the run-up to the Cop26 talks in Glasgow in November.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said that ministers would be making an announcement"shortly".A spokeswoman said:"We will set our ambition for carbon budget six shortly, taking into account the latest advice from the Climate Change Committee." headtopics.com
For Labour, shadow business secretary Ed Miliband said the government had repeatedly failed to match ambitious promises on emissions with effective action on the ground."While any strengthening of our targets is the right thing to do, the government can't be trusted to match rhetoric with reality," he said.
"We need a government that treats the climate emergency as the emergency it is."This year, as hosts of Cop26, the UK has a particular responsibility to lead the world and show the way forward for a greener future. This government isn't up to the task."Read more: The Independent »
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