Last year a legal challenge was brought against the Government to force it to improve its Net Zero Strategy.

The High Court ordered Ministers to update the plan and show how its policies would achieve the Government’s own Net Zero climate targets by 31 March 2023.

Ministers announced the UK’s revamped net zero strategy on Thursday 30 March 2023 but admitted that the government’s own analysis, however, shows that its new policies will meet only 92% of the emissions cuts required and, without further changes, the target will be missed.

Chris Venables, the head of politics at Green Alliance thinktank, said: “Our analysis shows that even that 92% is a very generous reading. It is hard to celebrate an announcement that says itself it’s not enough. The bottom line is that this plan doesn’t plot a route to net zero. There are only so many times we can claim climate leadership while falling short of our own targets.”

While the Government keeps insisting it is committed to the Parris Agreement (which is legally binding) Ed Miliband, the shadow climate and net zero secretary, told MPs: “A target for less than seven years’ time, and they [the government] are miles off … all of the policies, all of the hot air, don’t meet the target they promised on the world stage.”

So, if the UK government believes its “new net-zero strategy will fail to cut greenhouse gas emissions enough to hit its own legally enforceable targets”

Where do we go from here?

Is it down to the lake, I fear!

You Decide.

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