The National Audit Office (NAO) has urged the government to beef-up its strategic prepartions for net zero, today warning that “a concerted national effort” is required to achieve the 2050 decarbonisation goal. Among a raft of recommended net zero actions published today, Whitehall’s spending watchdog said the government should clearly set out the different roles and responsibilities of different public bodies and local government, while also ensuring that progress and spending related to net zero is carefully measured and tracked.
Business Green 4th Dec 2020 read more »
Boris Johnson’s commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050 is a “colossal challenge” that can only be achieved with a radical reassessment of priorities, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog. The National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the UK is projected to fail to meet the government’s targets for the years 2023 to 2027 and 2028 to 2032, which were set to establish a trajectory for reducing emissions by 80% over the next 30 years. If the government is to get to net zero by 2050, changes will be expected to the way electricity is generated, how people travel, how land is used and how buildings are heated, says an NAO report. It comes hours before the prime minister is expected to commit to setting another ambitious target of reducing emissions by as much as 69% within the decade. The government is working to an existing target of cutting emissions by 57% compared with 1990 levels by 2030.
Guardian 4th Dec 2020 read more »
The government has been urged to “step up to the challenge” of tackling climate change after its spending watchdog said that it had yet to calculate the costs and benefits of meeting the target of being carbon neutral by 2050. The National Audit Office (NAO) said that achieving the UK’s legally binding “net zero” target was likely to cost hundreds of billions of pounds. Neither the Treasury nor the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) had collated information on the overall costs and benefits, it said. The lack of such information means that ministers are unable to say how much it will cost over the coming decade to meet the tougher interim target, confirmed by Boris Johnson today, of cutting emissions by 68 per cent on 1990 levels by 2030.
Times 4th Dec 2020 read more »