Monday 16 November 2020 / 12:24 PM Ed Miliband

Government seriously off track to meet climate objectives as Labour challenges Boris Johnson to ensure his ’10 point plan’ meets scale of the challenge

The latest official figures from BEIS reveal that the UK is seriously behind in its performance to meet its own carbon budgets.

Crucially these projections are based on old, less ambitious carbon budgets  – which means the UK is actually significantly further behind where it needs to be to meet the legal target of being net zero by 2050.

Boris Johnson is expected to soon release a ’10 point low-carbon plan’ to set out his plans to tackle climate change. Labour is calling on Boris Johnson to ensure this plan meets the scale of the challenge, and crucially creates jobs now to help tackle the unemployment emergency.

Labour’s Green Economic Recovery calls for £30bn capital investment to be brought forward as part of a rapid stimulus package to invest in low-carbon sectors in the next 18 months.

The IPPR estimates the Government is currently £33bn a year over this Parliament off target in what needs to be invested to meet net zero by 2050.

Ed Miliband MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said:

“It’s good the Government is waking up to the fact climate change is one of the most important defining issues we will face in the years ahead.

“But the figures are stark – the UK is seriously behind the Government’s own climate targets. Worryingly these are older, less ambitious targets and Ministers haven’t managed to even meet them.

“What we need this week is a plan, not a piecemeal set of points. It needs to be ambitious enough to meet the scale of the challenge, and it needs to reflect the urgency of creating hundreds of thousands of jobs now.”