United Nations’ released a report last week stating that carbon dioxide emissions need to be stopped completely they will dangerously disrupt the climate.
The United Kingdom in regards to this issue has taken a step towards a radical “green” future with the aim to have zero emissions of greenhouse gases. UK’s economy was built by burning fossil fuels but the government is seeking to change its ways with guidance from the Committee on Climate change about what, how and when to take such steps.
Climate minister Claire Perry told BBC News: “The report was a really stark and sober piece of work – a good piece of work.
“Now we know what the goal is and we know what some of the levers are.
“But for me, the constant question is what is the cost and who’s going to bear that, both in the UK and in the global economy.
“The question is: what does government need to do, where can the private sector come in, and what technologies will come through?”
Ms Perry has declared this week to be Green GB Week, which aims to raise debate in society about how to tackle climate change while also growing the economy.
The UK’s current target is a reduction of 80% of emissions by 2050 based on 1990 levels.
But according to CCC, UK must adopt new policies to achieve emission targets or else UK will drift away from its set goals.
Emission cuts are expected from cars, planes, industry, waste, farming, meat consumption and heating appliances/equipment.
Green groups have derided recent environmentally-damaging policies like expanding Heathrow, promoting fracking, freezing fuel duty, virtually banning onshore wind power, scrapping solar subsidies, and cancelling zero carbon homes.
UK’s export deals to boost international trade announced it is considering finance for an expansion of an oil refinery in Bahrain.
The CCC said progress with electric vehicles was too slow, as only last week the government was known to have reduced subsidies for electric cars and in relation to that has installed very few charging points.
But Ms Perry defended the government’s record. She said: “I want my next vehicle to be electric”. “The challenge in Devizes (her constituency) is range anxiety. As part of Green GB week we are urging people to take a test drive in an electric vehicle.”
She also backed the UK’s decision to scrap solar feed-in tariffs.
“We have spent billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money – other people’s money – to stimulate the roll-out of solar panels on people’s homes,” she said.
“In my constituency I met a lady who said, ‘look at my solar panels’. I said: ‘Great – what’s happened to your electricity bill?’ She said, ‘I don’t know – but my accountant said I could get 12% a year from installing them’. Surely that’s not a good way to spend other people’s money?”
“Those who speak so strongly of need to accept scientific evidence of climate change are happy to chuck the scientific evidence of the safety of shale gas exploration in the bin.
“Why would you want to import gas when you could create your own?” she asked.