APPG | Net Zero Roadmap
- Dec 14, 2021 9:10 am GMT
To reach Net Zero by 2050 or sooner the Net Zero APPG’s 10 Point Net Zero Action Plan called on the Government to:
Develop a clear and systematic Net Zero Roadmap for sustainable delivery of net zero at scale that clarifies urgent short-term priorities, sets interim (5-year) targets, and includes robust implementation, review, and governance arrangements;
Develop an expansive and ambitious Covid-19 green recovery package that: is guided by economics; focusses on green job creation and workforce reskilling, especially in disadvantaged areas; prioritises energy efficiency; incentivises scaled-up green technology and infrastructure development, including renewable and firm zero-carbon energy, energy storage, low emissions heating, clean industry; and maximises local impact through coordination with local government and industry;
Overhaul building standards and incentives to ensure that existing and new buildings are brought in line with net zero, including by encouraging, and, where necessary, mandating, the use of low carbon materials, low emissions heating, retrofits to existing homes, energy efficient design and construction, and circular economy thinking;
Establish a strategic communications and civic engagement programme that is championed by a cross-departmental group of Cabinet members and galvanises industry, community, and individual action for meaningful economy-wide emissions reductions;
Accelerate the decarbonisation of the transport sector by bringing forward the planned ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles to 2030 (from 2040), setting interim EV sales targets, accelerating the deployment of charging infrastructure, expanding rail networks, and including international shipping and aviation in the net zero target;
Develop an ambitious net zero hydrogen strategy to position the UK to capitalise on opportunities for green and blue hydrogen (with full CCS) production, and provide a pathway for decarbonising international transport, heavy goods vehicles, and heavy industry;
Enhance electricity demand response tools and incentives for consumers and industry to increase grid management flexibility, improve efficiency, and allow higher renewable energy penetration; Support the commercialisation of carbon capture and storage and carbon removal technologies, including through the establishment of a ‘Carbon Takeback Obligation’ (CTBO) for fossil fuel extractors, importers, and airlines, requiring them to permanently store an increasing percentage of the CO2 generated by the products and services that they sell, rising to 100% by 2050;
Align the Government’s corporate finance programmes with net zero, including by making access to the Covid Corporate Financing Facility conditional upon clear corporate net zero business plans,3 and giving any new Government-backed infrastructure bank a net zero mandate; and Use post-2020 UK carbon pricing architecture and forthcoming Environment Bill to strengthen incentives for nature-based emissions reductions and enhanced CO2 uptake activities, with particular potential to offset short-lived climate pollutants from agriculture (e.g. methane).
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