Comment on Net Zero Strategy

Acting Director Sepi Golzari-Munro comments on the government's Net Zero Strategy released ahead of COP26 in Glasgow

By Kathy Grenville

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Commenting on the release of the Government’s Net Zero Strategy, setting out policies and proposals for how the UK will reach its legally binding commitment of net zero emissions by 2050, Sepi Golzari-Munro, Acting Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

"This strategy is an economic and political plan as well as a climate one. By providing clarity on the key next steps on the path to net zero, it sets businesses and the economy in the right direction. By responding to public concern on climate change and supporting households to make this transition, it addresses political pressure for strong action while looking to protect lower income households. And by getting the country on track for net zero, the PM is setting an example to world leaders, ahead of the Glasgow climate summit, of how to deliver this crucial goal while boosting jobs and keeping costs down. As the most detailed net zero strategy submitted to the UN by any nation, it will augment the UK's credibility ahead of the negotiations.

"Nevertheless, there is still a shortfall in funding, particularly on home insulation, where current levels fall well below those set out in the Conservative party manifesto and what the Climate Change Committee and Office for Budget Responsibility suggest is needed. Land use and agriculture also stand out as areas where there is an obvious gap in ambition, with peatland restoration in particular needing further action. Reaching net zero will require a comprehensive look across sectors to ensure that every part of the economy contributes to - and benefits from - the transition to this cleaner and more secure future."