The government must act urgently to put policies in place or its net-zero target will be missed, according to the Science and Technology Committee.
Whilst the Science and Technology Committee has welcomed the government’s decision to try to eliminate emissions by 2050, the Committee for Climate Change has already expressed concerns that existing targets between 2023 to 2032 will not be hit.
The Science and Technology Committee has produced a report that highlights urgent action is needed to reverse policy trend of slow progress and cutbacks.
Ten key areas of shortfall have been identified where government policy to support the implementation of low carbon technology has been delayed, cut back or undermined carbon emissions.
One of the areas include the freezing of fuel duty whilst bus and rail fares have been allowed to rise every year over that same period – and it is something that will increase yet again.
Elsewhere, the plug-in grant for low emission cars was cut in October 2018 for the lowest emission cars, and completely cut for other low emission cars.
A number of recommendations have been, including a plan to reduce vehicle emissions; it states that the government must “bring forward the date of its proposed ban on the sales of new ‘conventional’ cars and vans to 2035 at the latest, and ensure it covers hybrids too.”
Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Committee, commented: “Parliament has declared a climate emergency.
“Throughout our inquiry, it was worrying to hear that although the government many be ambitious when it comes to reducing carbon emissions, it is not putting the policies in place which are needed to achieve these targets.
“We need to see the government put its words into actions.
“The government’s own projections suggest that the UK is not currently on track to meet its current emission targets, let alone net-zero by 2050.
“The scale of the challenge cannot be underestimated.”