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The UK must not abandon the evidence on climate goals

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🗞️ Driving the news: The UK's recent debate on net zero policies demands alignment with scientific fact
• Commitment to follow science has led to cross-party support for net zero measures, with legislated targets like net zero carbon emissions by 2050
• However, inconsistencies in measures like changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme have sparked concerns over hindering innovation incentives

🔭 The context: Since 2018, the UK's Climate Change Committee has guided climate targets, leading the nation in renewable energy and electric car success
• Now, the focus is on implementing consistent policies from 2030 onwards, requiring some sectors to quadruple their efforts to meet these goals

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: The UK's approach to net zero impacts not just national but global efforts to combat climate change
• Decisions in areas like industrial decarbonization, investment in low-carbon technologies, and oil and gas licensing in the North Sea have worldwide implications

⏭️ What's next: The UK needs to continue its evidence-led approach, focus on innovation, and align with private-sector investment to meet its ambitious climate targets
• Strong net zero tests for any new production and actions on methane leaks from fossil fuel production and farming are essential steps ahead

💬 One quote: "The world will continue to heat and extremes of heat and rainfall will worsen until net zero is reached in every country and every sector. Net zero is not a slogan or a nice-to-have but a necessity" (Piers Forste, chair of the UK’s Climate Change Committee)

📈 One stat: Delaying the ban of petrol and diesel cars by five years in the UK would add more than £6 billion to household costs

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