Climate Change Committee advises government to act to reduce demand…

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Climate Change Committee advises government to act to reduce demand…

Climate Change Committee advises government to act to reduce demand for flying
2021-10-31 12:04:00
The UK government’s independent advisors on climate, the Climate Change Committee (CCC), produced their assessment of the UK Net Zero Strategy, which was published on 19th October. On aviation the CCC say the government is not doing enough to reduce demand for flights. They have also not shown how to achieve their ambition of cutting the demand for road travel, or meat eating.  The CCC warns a “techno-centric” approach to cutting emissions adopted by the prime minister has a high risk of failure. Boris Johnson has regularly promised that climate change can be tackled without what he calls “hairshirtery”. Nick Eyre, Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at Oxford University said: “The PM’s headline about not changing the way we use energy is not just helpful – it’s unrealistic. We won’t reach climate goals unless there’s a combination of technology and behaviour change.”  The CCC warns that the Treasury still lacks policies to cut emissions. They point out that the government hopes for 10% of SAF used by planes by 2030, while the CCC consider it might be 2% (at best). They hope demand for flights will reduce, if not by government policy, by increased public awareness of the severity of global heating. .Tweet Climate change: Make people fly less, ministers told By Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst  @rharrabin 26.10.2021 The government has been blamed for failing to reduce demand for flying and meat-eating as part of its plans to rein in climate change. The Climate Change Committee advisory body says ministers also have not shown how to achieve their ambition of cutting the demand for road travel. It warns a “techno-centric” approach to cutting emissions adopted by the prime minister has a high risk of failure. But a report from the committee praised the government’s Net Zero Strategy (19th October) A government spokeswoman welcomed the CCC’s generally positive response to the Net Zero Strategy and said it would meet all its climate change goals. Boris Johnson has regularly promised that climate change can be tackled without what he calls “hairshirtery”. Many experts agree technology is needed but say behaviour must change too. They judge that the demand for high-carbon activities must be cut for the UK to meet climate targets in the 2030s. The report from the CCC – an independent body advising the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets – comes ahead of the COP26 climate summit which will be held in Glasgow from Sunday. What does net zero mean? It says: “There is less emphasis on reducing demand for high carbon activities than in the CCC’s scenarios. “The government does not include an explicit ambition on diet change, or reductions in the growth of aviation, and policies for managing travel demand have not been developed to match the funding that has been committed.” The committee added: “These remain valuable options with major co-benefits and can help manage delivery risks around a techno-centric approach. They must be explored further with a view to early action.” Nick Eyre, Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the University of Oxford, went even further. With reference to the PM’s “hairshirtery” jibe, he told a COP26 media briefing: “The PM’s headline about not changing the way we use energy is not just helpful – it’s unrealistic. “We won’t reach climate goals unless there’s a combination of technology and behaviour change.” The government’s over-arching Net Zero climate plans unveiled last week showed how almost every sector of the economy should virtually eliminate planet-heating carbon emissions by 2050. But on the eve of the Budget the committee warns that the Treasury still lacks policies to cut emissions. It has not explained, for instance, how finances can be raised for a massive investment in clean electricity, or how a great home insulation programme will be prompted and supported. The committee said: “Currently vague plans must be quickly pinned down for improving home energy efficiency for the 60% of UK households that are owner-occupiers but not in fuel poverty.” More policies are needed, too, to curb emissions from land use and farm

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