Boris Johnson will promise a “clean energy revolution” as one of the prizes of Brexit as he says a Tory government would spearhead the drive to tackle climate change. Making the first policy-driven speech of the election campaign, the Prime Minister will say that only by leaving the EU “can we truly unleash Britain’s potential”. Mr Johnson will make the televised speech on Wednesday at an electric car plant to showcase the world-leading technology being pioneered in the UK that can support a “high skill, high wage” economy. Mr Johnson has so far revealed little about his likely manifesto pledges, but he will make clear that climate change and the environment will be one of the major topics of the campaign. He will promise that a majority Conservative government would drive a clean energy revolution that will “harness the power of science, innovation and technology to tackle climate change, spur economic growth and create high skilled, high wage jobs”. At last month’s Conservative Party Conference Mr Johnson announced plans to fund research aimed at developing the world’s first nuclear fusion plant, which could power entire towns without creating greenhouse gases or radioactive waste. If successful, it would play a major part in reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, in line with Government policy. If re-elected, the Conservatives would also invest £1 billion in the UK’s electric car industry and plant one million trees to create a new forest in Northumberland. A Future Homes Standard on new home designs would also be introduced to improve energy efficiency from 2025.
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The UK government is set to miss legally binding environment targets in 2020, according to an investigation that found it had failed on “pretty much every aspect” of protecting wildlife and the environment. Despite promises to prioritise green issues, the UK has made little progress on tackling carbon emissions, air and water pollution, waste and overfishing, as well as increasing tree planting and biodiversity. Boris Johnson promised to “do extraordinary things on the environment”, yet the country’s green credentials are in disrepute, according to the investigation by Greenpeace’s journalism unit Unearthed and the Financial Times. Next year will be a key moment for the UK to show leadership in tackling climate and nature emergencies when it hosts the United Nations climate change summit COP26. However, campaigners say progress has been crippled by budget cuts in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). “The government is failing to take sufficient action on pretty much every aspect of nature and the environment, despite endless promises to leave it in a better state than it found it. It’s set to miss more targets than an archer shooting blindfolded,” said Sam Chetan-Welsh, political campaigner at Greenpeace UK.
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The Green Party will today unveil plans for a major re-organisation of Whitehall designed to ensure the ‘climate emergency’ is the top priority at the heart of government. Under the plans, the Party would appoint a ‘Carbon Chancellor’ to take residence at 11 Downing Street and head up both the Treasury – which would be rebadged as the Department for Economic Transformation – and a new Department for the Green New Deal.
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