News is breaking that in a major policy shift prime minister Rishi Sunak is considering diluting some of the government’s key green commitments. Sources suggest that it could include delaying a ban on the sales of new petrol and diesel cars and phasing out gas boilers.
The BBC reports (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-66857551) that the prime minister is preparing to set out the changes in a speech in the coming days.
There is no suggestion that he is considering abandoning the legal commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. However he is expected to announce that other countries need to bear more of the burden of dealing with climate change.
The BBC speculates that if Mr Sunak presses ahead with the plan it would represent a significant shift in the Conservative Party’s approach to net zero policy, as well as establishing a clear dividing line with the Labour Party.
More detail at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-66857551