Regulation of this magnitude could put the UK in a global effort to combat climate change, reducing the 55% reduction over the same period as expected in the European Green Deal.
Boris Johnson is considering a strong UK greenhouse gas emissions that could reach 69% by 2030, which will make it one of the most developed countries in the world when it comes to combating climate change.
A final decision has not yet been made, and the target of a 65% to 68% reduction from 1990 levels is also being considered, according to an acquaintance of the matter, who requested anonymity because the policy is still pending.
Regulation of this magnitude could put the UK in a global effort to combat climate change, reducing the 55% reduction over the same period as expected in the European Green Deal. It will also mark a major step in the country’s plan to eliminate total emissions by 2050 as part of efforts to curb global warming of at least 2 degrees Celsius.
The announcement was made before December 12, when Johnson was scheduled to take part in a United Nations event in which other countries could announce their pledges to strike carbon dioxide, the man said.
“We are looking forward to our nationwide contribution that will be highly anticipated and will be published during the climate summit on December 12 this year,” Johnson said at the House of Commons on Wednesday.
In recent months, major providers including China and Japan have followed the UK in setting long-term goals to eliminate greenhouse gases. Those new goals will put the earth on the brink of reducing global warming to 2.1 degrees Celsius, according to the Climate Action Tracker. But mid-year targets are also needed under the terms of the Paris Agreement to ensure that countries stay on track and provide signals to businesses to invest in.
Greenpeace environmental campaigners have called for a serious crisis such as 75% by 2030 involving international flights and shipping and not relying on carbon credits, as pollutants end their emissions by funding clean energy projects elsewhere.
Adair Turner, chairman of the Energy Transitions Commission research team, said that in order to have a “reliable and very committed commitment,” the UK’s new goal should be between 65% and 70%. Apart from this figure the UK should also commit itself to making almost all of its electricity system by 2035.
“Actually we have to get more emissions in the 2020s themselves, because what’s more important is the stock in the air” of greenhouse gases, he said.
Beat the Glasgow
As the host of the next round of climate change talks taking place in Glasgow next year, Johnson has been keen to burn his natural credentials. Last month he unveiled a 10-point plan to boost green industries, including a ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030. Plans include hydrogen and carbon capture funding as well as storage technologies and plans to expand offshore wind power.
The new 2030 policy will be based on the recommendations of the Independent Climate Change Committee expected to be published next week, following the UK’s progress in meeting its long-term environmental goals. Its latest figures have found that the UK is on track to meet a comprehensive goal and is “unprepared for the serious impacts of climate change.”
The new 2030 policy will replace the existing UK target of reducing pollution by 57% between 2028 and 2032. That goal was set in 2016 but to achieve the 2050 goal of reducing emissions by only 80% during the century. Since then, the UK has become one of the first countries in the world to set a mandatory net goal by 2050, which means it now needs a tough goal during the year.
Johnson also wants to use green policies to strengthen ties with US President Electro Bid Biden, who has made climate change a key pillar of his campaign, overturning President Donald Trump’s decision to exclude the US from the Paris Agreement.
Amber Rudd, former secretary of economics and climate change at the Johnson’s Conservative Party, said setting a new goal is complicated by Brexit. That’s because the UK has to leave the EU’s Emissions Trading System on December 31, when major manufacturers such as steelmakers, pay for their pollution.
I think that would be equally critical, ”he said.