Boris Johnson is considering significantly raising the UK’s 2030 emissions reduction target, in a bid to accelerate decarbonisation efforts over the next decade and bolster the Prime Minister’s global climate leadership in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow next year, according to reports. The UK has a legal target to cut greenhouse gases by 61 per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, but Johnson is weighing up whether to increase the goal to 69 per cent, which would market a 50 per cent increase in the rate of decarbonisation over the next decade, according to reports this morning in the Financial Times. Such a move would intensify the challenge faced by so-called hard-to-abate sectors of the UK economy, and would require significant policy intervention and investment to slash emissions from home heating, major industry, and heavy transport, at the same time as accelerating emissions reductions from the energy and transport sectors. It would more than likely mean large numbers of gas boilers would have to be removed from homes and replaced by hydrogen-ready boilers, heat pumps or district heating over the next decade, while steel, cement, and other manufacturing industries would face huge pressure to switch to greener fuel sources.
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