The United Kingdom, which will host the COP26 climate meeting later this year, promises to reduce CO2 emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.
The British press reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson should make the announcement ahead of an international climate meeting proposed by US President Joe Biden, which is expected to mark Washington’s return to the fight against climate change after the Donald administration Trump.
This commitment marks the UK’s current target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 68% by 2030 compared to 1990, which is already considered an ambitious project.
The United Kingdom wants to set a precedent for hosting the UN Climate Conference in November, in the Scottish city of Glasgow, just a few months before hosting.
The Johnson government wants to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, signaling a major shift in the British economy.
The Ministry of Corporate, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the executive would issue a statement soon and that the objectives would “take into account the most recent consultation of the (British) Committee on Climate Change”.
The organization recommended investing in energy renewals and low-energy buildings, building electric vehicles and planting trees to reduce CO2 emissions.
But Ed Miliband, the opposition Labor’s business secretary, said “the government cannot be trusted to match rhetoric with reality.”
“As the host of COP26 this year, the United Kingdom has a special responsibility to move towards a greener future. This government has not come to work,” he said.
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