The UK is decarbonising at the fastest rate among G20 economies, according to analysis carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers. It has benefited enormously both diplomatically, from its climate leadership, and economically, in getting ahead in the race to create a low carbon economy.
However, this progress is at risk of faltering as the government has failed to create plans to meet the UK’s future carbon budgets, and because of the complexity of the task to reduce emissions across not just power, but also the transport, buildings, industry, farming and land use sectors.
Cutting Carbon Now is a project which aims to create new momentum to build back better, ensuring a green and just recovery from Covid-19 in line with the net zero target. We are collaborating on this work with other climate focused organisations, public authorities and businesses, and wider civil society.
We are exploring the potential for a recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic that harnesses this moment to build back a low carbon, resilient and fairer society, and we will seek to build the political case for doing so. We will also be calling on the government to demonstrate international leadership through its forthcoming presidencies of the UN COP26 climate conference and the G7 in 2021. We must be ambitious and decisive in bringing about an economic transformation that protects the UK and the world from future health, climate and ecological crises.
In June 2020, we presented the case for action needed in five areas for a resilient recovery that ensures prosperity, health and renewal for the long term. Read the summary report here.
In November 2020, we released our briefing
on the government's decarbonisation plans to get the UK on track to achieve net zero.
Find out more about the Cutting Carbon Now project on our dedicated web page.
This project has been made possible through generous support from the Network for Social Change.