Sunak rows back on green policies

20 September 2023

In a speech on 20 September UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the postponement or watering down of several of the government's green policies widely regarded as necessary to fulfilling its legal obligation to achieve 'net zero' carbon emissions by 2050.  Most prominent were the postponement of the ending of sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to 2035 and a weakening of the requirements to phase out gas boilers for domestic heating.

The Guardian reports on the details of the policy changes announced

UK net zero policies: what has Sunak scrapped and what do changes mean?         Helena Horton  20 September 2023

and on the reactions of scientists and the leaders of environmental groups

‘Pathetic’: what scientists and green groups think of UK’s net zero U-turn             Sandra Laville  20 September 2023


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