Thursday, 02 July, 2020

UK Government's Advisors Recommend Shipping's Inclusion in 2050 Net Zero Target

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Sandy Nunez | 28 June, 2020, 16:25

The U.K. remains off track to meeting its net zero emissions target that was enshrined in law past year and is woefully unprepared for the worst impacts of climate change, the CCC said.

It also recommended considering increasing the tax on gas for home heating, a call to make it easier for people to walk and cycle, and putting in place better national broadband to make it easier to work from home.

On Thursday, the UK's Committee on Climate Change released its progress report.

The report also calls for the government to "build on the Clean Maritime Plan to develop incentives for zero-carbon ammonia and hydrogen supply chains for United Kingdom shipping".

The International Maritime Organization's initial strategy on the decarbonisation of shipping sets a less strict target of halving the industry's total greenhouse gas output from 2008's levels by 2050.

OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said "the Committee on Climate Change report offers a measured and thoughtful view on how we can stimulate a truly fair transition towards a lower carbon future".

He said: "This vital new report provides an urgent reminder that individuals need to do more to can get on track to achieve net-zero emissions".

"The Climate Pledge Fund will look to invest in the visionary entrepreneurs and innovators who are building products and services to help companies reduce their carbon impact and operate more sustainably", Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO, said in a statement on Tuesday.

"To meet net-zero and recover from Covid-19, we need to put a rocket under our economy and that rocket has to run on clean energy". His environmental agenda will be tied to a major speech expected in coming weeks and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is drawing up options to bolster the economy as the government prepares to withdraw its vast package of financial aid."If we are to emerge successfully from COVID-19, there is only one route, and that route is one which enables us also to fight climate change", said John Gummer, chairman of the CCC. New hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure will provide a route to establishing new low-carbon British industries.

Co-creator Prof Kevin Anderson advised me: "The difficulties is that the committee isn't hunting at what needs to be carried out - it's hunting at what it can say without being politically disregarded".

"As well as tackling one of the trickier sectors to decarbonise, making homes energy efficient and lowering energy bills at the same time can also unlock well-paid, skilled jobs right across the country".

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To speed up action, the government should use the coronavirus crisis - including fresh public concern about unexpected risks and willingness to change behaviour - to push ahead on new climate-smart policies, the report said.

Reaching net zero means virtually eliminating pollution from heating, driving, manufacturing and power generation by 2050, with the rest removed from the atmosphere by technology or trees.

COVID-19 had shown that planning for systemic risks is unavoidable.

"Now is the moment to get our house in order".

"We believe that the actions we need to achieve that target can help to deliver a stronger, cleaner, more sustainable and more resilient economy after this pandemic".

Benny Peiser, from the libertarian group the World-wide Warming Policy Forum, doubts that he'll completely stick to the committee's information.

He told BBC News: "Any policy that prioritises climate change policy over a rapid economic recovery would be suicidal for both the United Kingdom economy and the government. While Boris could talk the converse, he is not likely to stroll the wander".

The committee is also criticised - from the reverse path - by the authors of a report in the journal Local climate Policy.

Researchers concluded that planned United Kingdom emissions cuts are less than half as rigorous as needed for the country to contribute fairly towards restricting global climate heating to less than 2C.

Lord Deben replied: "That is certainly untrue".

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