Net Zero Carbon ChangesChanges announced on several measures to reach net zero.

Net Zero Carbon Delayed

Changes to Net Zero Carbon

In a net zero carbon changes speech delivered in September, the Prime Minister announced that the government will revise a number of current measures intended to help reach net zero carbon emissions as a country by 2050.

The Net Zero Carbon Changes speech started with Rishi Sunak stating that the UK’s 8% reduction target in carbon emissions by 3 is one of the most ambitious.

Sunak claimed that progress made on emissions meant the government considers some measures previously outlined are now no longer required. Several net zero carbon changes were announced including:

> Delaying the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by five years, so all sales of new cars from 2035 will be zero emission.

> Delaying the ban on installing oil and LPG boilers, and new coal heating, for off-gas-grid homes to 2035, instead of phasing them out from 2026.

> Setting an exemption to the phase out of fossil fuel boilers, including gas, in 2035, so that households that will struggle to make the switch to heat pumps or other low-carbon alternatives will not have to do so.

> Raising the Boiler Upgrade Grant by 50% to £7,500 to help households who want to replace their gas boilers with a low-carbon alternative like a heat pump.

> “fast track” through the nationally significant infrastructure project planning regime, available for major eligible transmission projects, to ensure they are prioritised, helping speed up connects to the grid.

> A new approach to grid connections, where energy projects that are ready first will connect first – and ultimately get online quicker.

Sunak also stated that Parliament would be able to give full scrutiny to all future measures that might be needed to fulfil the Carbon Budget. Sunak said this would mean more accountability from elected representatives and more transparency on net zero carbon plans.

The release also stated that the Chancellor and Energy Security Secretary will bring forward comprehensive new reformsin due course.

One of the most significant steps toward achieving net-zero emissions is the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power.

The UK has been investing in offshore wind farms and solar energy projects to increase its renewable energy capacity.


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