In February 2015 the prime minister signed a climate pledge, promising action in three areas: seeking a global climate deal, working across party lines to agree carbon budgets, and accelerating the transition to a competitive, energy efficient, low carbon economy.
As 2015 was a crucial year for climate decisions, together with Christian Aid, CAFOD, Greenpeace, WWF and RSPB, we published an action plan after the May 2015 general election for the new government. It set out a timeline of the key decisions needed, including:
• International leadership: support a global goal to reduce overall carbon emissions to zero by the middle of this century, reflecting the commitment made in the UK’s Climate Change Act, and make the case for protecting the world’s poorest from serious climate change impacts.
• Clarity on energy transition: set a date to end unabated coal power generation in the early 2020s, to increase investment in new clean power generation.
• Leadership on energy efficiency: set the goal to make two million of the UK’s low income homes energy efficient, addressing concerns that the Conservative manifesto lowered previous coalition government commitments to helping householders save energy.
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