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

Katie Ramirez
June 27, 2020

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), an independent public body formed in 2008 following the Climate Change Act, has called for the action in its latest progress report on the UK's "Road to Zero" strategy.

The report recognised the urgent steps that need to be taken in the coming months to initiate a green, resilient coronavirus recovery, that can be delivered through strong coordination.

Electricity: Networks should be strengthened to assistance electrification of transportation and heating.

Almost 80% of the assembly's 108 members agreed in a secret ballot that government steps to boost the economy after COVID-19 should be created to help achieve Britain's net-zero target.

In a recent statant, Candent, said, "We welcome the Committee on Climate Change's continued recognition of the critical role low carbon hydrogen will play in reaching Net Zero".

United Kingdom policy must encourage a circular economy where biodegradable waste is no longer sent to landfill, and recycling rates are raised.

Efforts to train workers for low-carbon jobs, to ensure a fair green transition, should be a priority, along with protecting nature through more forest protection and tree planting, and better managing agricultural land, it added.

The findings and recommendations to government departments are all very familiar.

The report said the shipping industry was already likely to exeed its own 2030 climate target and its emissions are expected to soar above its 2050 goal.

Chair of the CCC's adaptation committee, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, commented: "Covid-19 has shown that planning for systemic risks is unavoidable".

"We have warned regularly that the British isles is inadequately geared up for the really serious impacts of climate transform, like flooding, overheating and drinking water shortages".

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As air travel has shrunk because of pandemic lockdowns, aviation Carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be 45%-60% lower this year than in 2019, the report said.

Investment in new technologies will help Britain recover from the economic shock of Covid-19, it said.

Vehicle taxes must be increased to support fund the fight in opposition to local climate improve, government advisers say.

If the United Kingdom is to reduce its Carbon dioxide output to "net zero", a total end to the installation of new fossil-fuelled boilers in any home should be brought in by 2035, a report warned.

A spokesman said: 'We were the first major economy to commit to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and want to ensure that the United Kingdom has the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth'.

"This is a clear win-win opportunity which must be seized", he said in a statement.

Campaigners say inaction will lead to the death of millions of people and the letter urges Dr Fox to speak out about the Government's failings.

"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".

Even improving Britain's broadband network - to enable more people to work at home - could have big climate benefits, said Chris Stark, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change.

"MPs and ministers have a lot of reading to do", that he said. "In areas where homes have the poorest energy performance, such as those in the North and Midlands, more jobs will be created to retrofit their stock, generating a real opportunity for them to level up whilst meeting the Government's legally binding targets".

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