Great Britain tightens climate target – DER SPIEGEL

The British government wants to intensify its efforts in the fight against the climate crisis. As Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced, emissions of harmful greenhouse gases at the climate level are to be reduced by 78 percent by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.

The goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050 can thus be two-thirds by 2037. For the first time, the British share of global air and shipping traffic was also included, according to a statement from the British Ministry of Environment.

“We want to continue raising the bar in the fight against climate change,” Johnson said. It is “the world’s most ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” and should also be enshrined in legislation.

According to experts, this would require significant changes in the daily energy consumption of the British. More electric vehicles, more wind power and no meat and dairy products are required on the roads. The opposition Labor Party criticized Johnson for making several announcements in the past that were not actually implemented.

The move comes a few days before an online climate summit hosted by US President Joe Biden this week from London. Until then, the states of the European Union also want to agree on a climate law.

So far, the European Union has committed to reducing emissions by 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. On the other hand, Parliament has spoken in favor of more than 60 percent ambitious targets. In December, after a lengthy dispute, the council agreed to a target of 55 percent. Great Britain’s move – in the wake of Brexit – is likely to increase pressure for a more ambitious climate target. The 26th United Nations Climate Conference is scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland in November.

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