The new plan to deliver Net Zero
If we want to , that means we must change the way we do politics. That mission starts this week with a new approach to tackling one of the biggest long-term challenges we face: .
- Easing the transition to electric vehicles from 2030 to 2035, in line with other similar countries
- Giving families far more time to transition to heat pumps – and exempting households where this simply doesn’t make sense, while significantly increasing grants to upgrade boilers.
- Revisiting onerous energy efficiency requirements – and not forcing people to make alterations where the cost is disproportionate to the benefits or their means.
- The government has considered and rejected ideas discussed in a report of the Committee on Climate change. There will be NO rules seeking to enforce carpooling, households having seven different bins, or more expensive meat, and NO new taxes on flying.
- There has been a fuss about these statements, with sone opposition voices pointing out that these proposals were never government policy. No, they weren't and we're making clear that they are not going to be, but they were discussed in a report from an influential committee whose ideas have often - in many cases rightly - been adopted in the past so it is only sensible to make clear that these proposals will not be adopted.
- Supporting new oil and gas in the North Sea so we are less reliant on foreign imports
- We have had the fastest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the G7: down almost 50 per cent compared to 1990, compared to just 22 per cent for France, no change for the US, and an increase for China of 300 per cent.
- Technological advances have reduced costs more than forecast (such as offshore wind costs down by 70 per cent), and we have seen higher than forecast adoption of clean technologies like EVs.
- Just this week, we took the significant long-term decision to raise funding for the Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk. Sizewell is at the heart of the UK’s nuclear revival and our ambition to provide up to a quarter of the UK’s electricity from homegrown nuclear energy by 2050. To go further, later this Autumn we will shortlist the companies to build a new generation of small modular reactors, which are smaller, less expensive and quicker to build.
- We are investing billions in new energy projects, but don’t yet have the grid infrastructure to bring power to households and businesses. Right now, it can take fourteen years to build new grid infrastructure. We must do more if we are to get to Net Zero by 2050 and build our energy security. That is why we will shortly bring forward comprehensive new reforms to energy infrastructure: setting out the UK’s first ever spatial plan for infrastructure to give industry certainty and every community a say, speeding up planning for the most nationally significant projects, and ending the first-come-first-served approach to grid connections by raising the bar to enter the queue and making sure strategically important projects, or those ready first, will connect first.
- We are already home to the four largest operational offshore wind farms in the world – and building an even bigger one. Today we are committing to hitting our 50GW of offshore wind target by 2030 – including 5GW of floating offshore wind. We will make sure that industry has the confidence that the UK remains the best place to invest in offshore wind by ensuring that the next auction round provides the sustainable pricing in the global context and ambition the market is looking for.
- We are lifting the ban on onshore wind, so that local decision-makers can take a more balanced approach and consider the views of communities as a whole. We are also clear that local areas that support hosting onshore wind should directly benefit. That is why we have consulted on proposals for improved rewards and benefits to be offered to communities backing onshore wind farms, including potential energy bill discounts.
- As a country that emits less than one per cent of the world’s emissions, one of the most powerful contributions we can make is our ability to develop new technologies that can help the world. So today we are creating new Future Fellowships, backed up by £150 million of new funding, to support our leading scientists and engineers to develop real and practical green technologies.
- Our 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution delivers 68 per cent reduction by 2030 compared to 1990 levels – more than the US at 40 per cent, Australia and 45 per cent and the EU at 55 per cent, and reduces per capita emissions to 3.8 tonnes, lower than the US, Australia, Canada and the EU. Even after these changes, the trajectory we have set out today still means front-loading effort in the 2030s – faster than straight-lining the reductions in emissions required to 2050.
- We cannot tackle climate change without protecting nature; just the loss of forests alone accounts for the equivalent of ten times the global emissions of the entire United Kingdom. In the coming weeks, the Prime Minister will set out the next stage in our ambitious environmental agenda ahead of COP28.