UK government progress on meeting net zero commitments is now “worryingly slow”, according to a scathing report by the independent Climate Change Committee.
The report said its confidence in the government being able to deliver emissions reduction is “markedly less” than a year ago.
“A key opportunity to push a faster pace of progress has been missed. Time is now very short to achieve this change of pace,” the report says.
“Glimmers of the net zero transition can be seen in growing sales of new electric cars and the continued deployment of renewable (power) capacity, but the scale up of action overall is worryingly slow,” it added.
The Committee pointed to a lack of progress decarbonising heat in homes and insufficient tree planting.
The UK government is also sending confusing signals by supporting new oil and gas extraction while pushing for net zero.
“There’s no doubt that Britain was leading the world… since then we’ve done a number of things which have run counter to that. We are still dithering about onshore wind, we haven’t got the (electricity) grid even on its way to being right. I’m sad that this, my last progress report, is not a report that suggests satisfactory progress,” Committee chairman Lord Deben said.
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