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The uncomfortable truth about the UK’s climate policies

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

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🗞️ Driving the news: Britain's former climate adviser, Chris Stark, criticizes the UK government for its waning climate policies
• Despite initial strong climate commitments, the current administration has shown a shift towards fossil fuels and a reduced focus on green initiatives

🔭 The context: The UK was once a leader in climate action, committing to net-zero emissions by 2050 and halving its emissions compared to 1990
• However, recent policies have rolled back progress, including extending the sale of petrol and diesel cars until 2035, contrasting with aggressive decarbonization goals

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Stark warns that current policies slow the UK's transition to a greener economy and emphasizes the importance of addressing other sectors beyond the power industry, such as transport, housing, and agriculture, to meet climate goals

⏭️ What's next: Despite controversies, the UK continues to push carbon capture and storage initiatives, collaborating with oil and gas companies
• Stark highlights the necessity of these collaborations for an effective transition to net zero

💬 One quote: "I’d far rather have an oil and gas sector that is properly invested in technologies that will help the transition to net zero."

📈 One stat: The UK has cut its emissions by 50% compared to 1990, primarily through power sector decarbonization

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