The Climate Change Committee welcomes UK’s 10-point plan

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has strongly welcomed the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for the UK’s transition to Net Zero emissions in just 30 years, stating they will help put the UK on track to becoming one of the world’s cleanest economies while boosting business and creating thousands of jobs in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lord Deben, Chairman of the Climate Change Committee, said: “Today, the Prime Minister has laid out his vision for a Net Zero UK. I am delighted to see the breadth of the Prime Minister’s commitment. This must now be turned into a detailed road map – so we all know what’s coming down the track in the years ahead. Our homes, the way we travel, our industries, our land, and all of us individually have a role to play as we strive to lead the world in tackling climate change. The good news is that we can also reap the rewards – improved health, a stronger economy, a boost for UK jobs and the ability to tell our children and grandchildren that the UK acted in time.”

Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee, said:“The plans announced today will transform Britain for the better, bringing new opportunities and new investment. This is our path out of the economic challenges created by the COVID crisis. And it is a set of commitments that will raise the UK’s credibility ahead of the pivotal COP26 climate summit next year. This is just the tonic as we look to 2021.”

The 10 points, reported by Sky News, are:

  • Offshore wind: quadrupling production to 40GW by 2030
  • Hydrogen: generating 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 and developing the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade
  • Nuclear: promoting nuclear as a clean energy source and developing the next generation of small and advanced reactors
  • Electric vehicles: accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, and transforming infrastructure to support electric vehicles
  • Public transport, cycling and walking: making cycling and walking more attractive and investing in zero-emission public transport
  • Jet Zero and greener maritime: supporting research projects for zero-emission planes and ships
  • Homes and public buildings: making buildings greener, warmer and more energy efficient, creating 50,000 jobs by 2030, and installing 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028
  • Carbon capture: technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, removing 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030, equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber today
  • Nature: protecting and restoring the natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, creating and retaining thousands of jobs
  • Innovation and finance: developing technologies needed for the plan and making the City of London the global centre of green finance

 

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