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UK misses Paris climate emissions target by huge margins

The conclusions echo the concerns of the Climate Change Committee (CCC), which found in September that U-turns made by the British prime minister on important aspects of net zero policy – including delaying the phase-out of diesel and electric cars and of oil boilers, and the scrapping of some proposed measures on home insulation – would make it more difficult for the UK to meet its climate targets. Danny Gross, a campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Despite the prime minister’s repeated assurances, the UK’s 2030 climate commitment is seriously off-track – and that gap has grown significantly under Rishi Sunak’s leadership. “The fact remains that you can’t approve new fossil fuel projects, max out North Sea oil and gas and roll back vital green policies while staying committed to our climate targets – it’s one road or the other.” The UK has two sets of climate goals: the statutory carbon budgets, set out for more than a decade in advance by the CCC, with the current budgets running to 2037; and the UK’s target under the Paris agreement, known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs), which is pegged to emissions cuts by 2030. Pledges on emissions cuts under the Paris pact are not legally binding – the treaty itself is, but the pledges come in a non-binding annexe. However, to renege on them would be regarded as a significant concern. Strengthening the UK’s NDCs was a crucial plank of the Cop26 conference, announced with fanfare by Boris Johnson. The former prime minister, who would have attended Cop28 were it not for his appearances at the Covid inquiry, is known to have deep concerns about Sunak’s handling of climate action. A senior ally of Johnson’s said: “Making progress on this hugely important agenda is all about consistency. It is of critical importance that the UK remains a world leader in this effort.” Sunak said repeatedly at Cop28 the UK was leading the world on cutting emissions. But those claims are based on reductions made decades ago, when Britain shifted from coal to gas in the 1990s and 2000s. The rate of emissions decline has slowed, and factors such as the increasing popularity of SUVs, failure to insulate homes and the slow deployment of windfarms and solar power in England have hampered further cuts. When countries make changes of policy that could have an impact on their commitments, they are expected to update their NDCs, lodged with the UN. For developed countries, these updates are expected to be a strengthening – a process agreed in Glasgow known as the “ratchet” under the Paris agreement – unless they are stricken by a natural or economic disaster. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/05/uk-miss-paris-climate-targets-emissions?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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  • Rotich Kim

    17 w

    This lower the respect we had in UK we need such government to intervine and give better solution towards environment

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    • Johannes Luiga

      18 w

      Time for some true climate leadership from UK

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      • CHRIS NGATIA

        18 w

        UK is really disappointing

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        • We Don't Have Time

          19 w

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          • johnte ndeto

            19 w

            UK should join other nations in solving climate matters

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            • walter lungayi

              19 w

              This is disappointing news and highlights the urgent need for stronger action to address climate change in the UK.

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              • mercy nduta

                19 w

                UK has set a disappointing example.

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                • Gorffly mokua

                  19 w

                  Phasing out fossil fuels by 2050, will remain to be just a wish, if countries wont hit their targets!

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                  • George Kariuki

                    19 w

                    The UK has a significant opportunity to regain its leadership role in addressing climate change.

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                    • Elizabeth Gathigia

                      19 w

                      UK is always on the wrong path

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                      • Grace Njeri

                        19 w

                        They should gear up their climate commitments.

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                        • Munene Mugambi

                          19 w

                          The UK especially under Sunak has been behind on a lot of climate commitments. Time for a change in the UK

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                          • CHRIS NGATIA

                            18 w

                            @munene_mugambi it is really disappointing knowing how the UK has a great potential to go green

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                          • Kevin

                            19 w

                            The UK lagging behind on agreed timelines has to do with Sunak"s laxity in addressing the global urgency of the climate issues.

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                            • rosebellendiritu

                              19 w

                              @Kevin I wonder why they would rush to help other countries to transit(good thing though)but they are not willing to have that urgent change themselves.

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                              • CHRIS NGATIA

                                18 w

                                @Kevin it is really dragging green transition and the way UK has great potential

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                              • Princess

                                19 w

                                This is so disappointing 😞.

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                                • Gorffly mokua

                                  19 w

                                  @princess_nel_268 Absolutely!! I wonder why do we have always to set new targets yet we have not hit previous targets.

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                                  • johnte ndeto

                                    16 w

                                    @princess_nel very disappointing indeed

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