Net zero: ‘We must get our house in order’, Lord Deben warns new government

The UK is well off track from reaching its 2050 climate change target and is “worryingly unprepared” for even the minimum level of global warming, according to the government’s independent climate advisers in a letter to prime minister Boris Johnson.

Lord Deben, the chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), has said the Conservative government must make 2020 “the year of renewed policy implementation” given that past measures “have so far fallen short”.

“This story needn’t continue,” he told Johnson. “Your strong parliamentary majority will permit confident decisions on the climate challenges now before us.”

Lord Deben said the government should prioritise introducing new policies to decarbonise the UK’s building stock and “rapid progress” on its planned consultation on phasing out petrol and diesel cars earlier than 2040.

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