Despite Covid-19 disruption carbon emissions continue to rise

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But its final recommendations in a report to parliament did not back nuclear power, efforts to capture and store climate-changing carbon emissions, or limits on driving and flying.

Eighty per cent of assembly members agreed or strongly agreed that taxes that increase as people fly more often and as they fly further should be part of how Britain gets to net-zero.

Climate Assembly UK was commissioned by six parliamentary committees with the aim of giving communities a say on how Britain can meet its legal goal to cut emissions to net zero by 2050.

The committee on climate change, an independent advisory to the government, identified that a net-zero target by 2050 would give a 50-50 chance of avoiding 1.5° of warming.

Climate change is manifesting in extreme weather events such as the heatwave in Siberia during the first half of 2020, which would have been very unlikely without man-made climate change, the report said. The Assembly, which was made up of over 100 people from all walks of life, said dietary changes should be voluntary rather than compulsory and said the government had a key role to play in educating people on the impact of meat and dairy on the environment.

A large majority of assembly members - 79 per cent - agreed steps taken by the government to help the economy recover "should be created to help achieve net zero". Not least of course because of the global pandemic, impacting lives and livelihoods across the planet like never before.

Homeowners, depending on where they live and other factors, should be able to choose among different technologies, from heat pumps to hydrogen-powered heat and networked heating systems, as the country moves away from gas-fired boilers, the panel said.

They said sales of vehicles that run on fossil fuels should end earlier than planned - by 2030 to 2035 at the latest - but expected many people would continue to use electric cars.

A landmark project asking a cross-section of Britain how the United Kingdom should reduce its carbon emissions has delivered its final report, containing over 50 recommendations for the government on everything from energy generation to farming.

"We rarely receive information from an informed group of the public", he added.

Chris Stark, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change, the organisation advising the government on emissions targets, said the assembly's report showed "there is broad support for climate action in the UK".

Hundreds of millions of people live in vulnerable coastal areas.

In terms of homes, nearly 94% of assembly members strongly agreed or agreed that people in different parts of the United Kingdom should be offered different solutions to zero carbon heating, with more than 80% strongly agreeing or agreeing that hydrogen, heat pumps and heat networks should all play a part in decarbonising the country.

The report states that shifts to tackle climate change should "follow the principle that the polluters pay". The assembly overwhelmingly favored nature-based solutions such as reforestation, peatland restoration and using more wood in construction.

Almost four in five members agreed or strongly agreed that the government should use stimulus funds and other COVID-19 recovery efforts to help achieve its binding net-zero goal. "This is a window that we must use", one assembly member wrote in the report.



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