The programs implemented by London to achieve its climate objectives present “major failures” while “the urgency to move away from fossil fuels has never been clearer”, an independent committee tackled on Wednesday.
If “policies are now in place in most sectors of the economy” to achieve carbon neutrality in particular by 2050, they risk missing their target in many areas, notes the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in a communicated.
Barely more than a third of the emission reductions that must be implemented are thus covered by a credible plan, estimates the committee: “The current strategy will not make it possible to achieve carbon neutrality”.
In a 600-page report, the organization judges that the most notable progress of the government is to be found in the deployment of renewable electricity or even electric cars, which have “well-designed” strategies.
On the other hand, "there is a shocking hole" in the budget intended to better insulate British homes, particularly "in view of soaring energy bills", criticizes the committee, which also deplores the little progress in reducing agricultural programs.
In particular, the report argues that the government should encourage the reduction of demand for high-carbon activities, through healthier diets or by curbing the growing demand for air travel.
“The cost of living crisis should give impetus to the actions needed to put an end to energy waste in our homes”, with the help of a national insulation plan, reacted Ami McCarthy of Greenpeace UK in a statement.
But “this government seems more inclined to encourage the hydrocarbon giants by offering them tax breaks,” she denounced.
London had resolved at the end of May to introduce a tax on the profits of the oil giants to finance billions of pounds of aid in the face of the soaring cost of living.
But this tax could be greatly reduced if the energy giants in question invest in new energy sources.
The British government has recently reviewed its energy strategy, which provides for a strengthening of nuclear, wind, solar, but also fossil fuels in the North Sea, to increase the security of its supply in a context of war in Ukraine.