September 20, 2023

Delivering Net Zero

This country is proud to be a world leader in reaching Net Zero by 2050.

It's time to have a better, more honest debate about how we get there.

If we want to change the direction of our country and build a better future for our children, that means we must change the way we do politics.

That mission starts now with a new approach to tackling one of the biggest long-term challenges we face: climate change.

We are adopting a more pragmatic, proportionate, and realistic approach to meeting Net Zero that eases the burdens on working people:

  • Easing the transition to electric vehicles from 2030 to 2035, in line with other similar countries;

  • Giving families far more time to transition to heat pumps – and exempting altogether households where this simply doesn’t make sense, while significantly increasing grants to upgrade boilers;

  • Scrapping expensive energy efficiency requirements – and not forcing people to make alterations;

  • NO rules on carpooling, or seven different bins, or more expensive meat, and NO taxes for discouraging flying;

  • Supporting new oil and gas in the North Sea so we are less reliant on foreign imports.

We can do this because over the last decade, we have over-delivered on our targets – with the fastest reduction in emissions in the G7, down almost 50 per cent compared to 1990.

We are going even further for households and investors by embracing the opportunities of the green economy to create more well-paid jobs:

  • Funding for Sizewell C and support for small modular nuclear reactors,

  • Speeding up connections to new grid infrastructure,

  • More onshore and offshore wind,

  • Brand new funding to support green R&D.

In contrast, Labour’s plan is to borrow £28 billion a year, without knowing how they would pay for it.

Sir Keir Starmer’s plan for £28 billion of borrowing every year would increase inflation and would make the cost of living worse for everyone.