Britain lacks plan to meet climate target, watchdog says

(Reuters, 5 Mar 2021) UK was first G7 nation to set a 2050 target for net-zero emissions - but still has no plan on how to get there, with major shifts needed in consumer behaviour, committee says.

Britain still has not set out a plan on how it will meet its climate target of net zero emissions by 2050, almost two years after setting the goal in law, a parliamentary watchdog said on Friday.

Britain in 2019 became the G7 first member to set a net zero target, which will require wholesale changes in the way that Britons travel, eat and consume electricity.

Britain is also hosting international climate talks in November in Glasgow, where countries are expected to outline plans to meet the Paris climate agreement to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).

"As it gears up to host the international climate summit COP 26 a few months from now the UK Government lacks a plan for how it will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050," a report by parliament's Public Accounts Committee said.

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Reuters, 5 Mar 2021: Britain lacks plan to meet climate target, watchdog says