Labour has signalled it could pull forward the new 2050 target date for the UK to deliver a net zero emission economy, arguing the latest climate science suggests an earlier date may be required. In an interview with the Financial Times, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said he was exploring whether Labour should formally back a more ambitious target. The opposition has previously said it wanted to see a net zero target “no later than 2050”. Yesterday Labour welcomed the government’s announcement of a new goal, while also calling on Ministers to urgently deliver detailed policies to accelerate the pace of UK decarbonisation. However, Labour is under pressure from campaigners to adopt an earlier target with the Extinction Rebellion group arguing for a 2025 date and the Corbynite campaign group Momentum calling for a 2030 goal.
Business Green 13th June 2019 read more »
Could Britain really cut carbon emissions by 2030? The target, which Labour is considering, would need a rapid move to renewable energy, electric vehicles and low-meat diets.
Independent 13th June 2019 read more »