UK government set to announce further cuts to carbon emissions

The UK Prime Minister will commit to cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 compared with 1990 levels, according to the FT.
UK government set to announce further cuts to carbon emissions

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce further cuts to UK emissions, Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce steeper cuts to the UK’s carbon emissions as he prepares to host the Cop26 international climate change summit later this year, it has been reported.

The UK Prime Minister will commit to cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 compared with 1990 levels, according to the Financial Times.

The paper, quoting people who had been briefed on the plan, said the announcement would be made this week ahead of a major US summit on Thursday where President Joe Biden is expected to set out a new US target for reducing emissions.

It would mark a significant step forward on the current UK commitment to cut emissions by 68% by 2030 – already seen as one of the most ambitious plans among developed nations.

The new target, if confirmed, would be in line with the recommendations of the British Climate Change Committee, published last year, for the UK 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 get to an 80% 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 UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said that ministers would be making an announcement “shortly”.

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