Boris Johnson is poised to raise the bar for UK climate targets


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Boris Johnson will announce plans to reduce UK carbon emissions at a faster rate than previously envisioned before the UK hosts the COP26 Climate Summit later this year.

The prime minister is said to be preparing to announce a new goal later this week to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.

The UK’s current commitment to reduce emissions by 68% by 2030 is already one of the most ambitious settings by developed countries.

Whitehall sources said Johnson was scheduled to announce a new goal on Monday night. Then US President Joe Biden will host the International Leader’s Climate Summit on Thursday.

After the Climate Change Commission said in December last year that a more fundamental goal is needed for the UK to reach its comprehensive goal of reaching net zero by 2050.

To do so, the advisory body also improves the energy efficiency of buildings, vehicles and industries, reduces the demand for carbon-intensive activities such as travel and consumption of meat and dairy products, and invests £ 50 billion annually. He said he needed to increase.

According to the Financial Times, sources familiar with government planning said that emissions from international air and shipping are likely to be included in the new UK target.

Johnson is currently trying to convince other countries to adopt more ambitious climate targets ahead of the UN conference in Glasgow in November.

He has already announced a 10-point plan to trigger the Green Industrial Revolution and pushed ahead with a ban on the sale of new petrol vehicles until 2030.

However, the government faced criticism from workers earlier this year after not intervening to suspend approval of the new Cumbria mine.

In response from environmental groups, the decision was sought to be reviewed by Community Secretary Robert Jenrick.

“We will soon set carbon budget six ambitions, taking into account the latest advice from the Climate Change Commission,” the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said last night.