Sunak delays UK petrol car ban, seeking voter support on climate

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Sunak delays UK petrol car ban, seeking voter support on climate

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK will delay the ban on sales of new petrol cars in order to maintain public support for the switch to net zero. While Sunak remains committed to the 2050 net zero emissions target, he believes that slower progress can be made because the UK is already ahead of other countries. To alleviate the costs on households during the energy transition, Sunak has postponed the ban on new petrol and diesel cars until 2035, eased the transition to heat pumps, and will not require households to improve their insulation. Sunak explained that previous governments moved too quickly in setting net zero targets without securing public support, and he wants to avoid a backlash against the overall mission. However, businesses and environmental campaigners argue that scaling back green policies will hinder investment and economic growth. They emphasize the need for a stable and predictable environment to encourage the shift to a green economy. Sunak’s decision to revise green policies may be influenced by the upcoming national election and the desire to win over voters who are facing economic challenges. The government’s recent delays and uncertainties have also unsettled investors. The news of the delayed climate targets has drawn criticism from businesses and organizations involved in producing cars, solar panels, electric vehicle charging points, and power. Lisa Brankin, the chair of Ford UK, expressed disappointment in the change to the 2030 EV car target, stating that it undermines ambition, commitment, and consistency. The opposition Labour Party, currently leading in opinion polls, has affirmed its commitment to the original 2030 target. The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change has warned that the delay will deter investment and urged the UK to adopt supportive and stable policies like the European Union and the United States. Chris Norbury, head of the UK arm of energy firm E.ON, argued that delaying the transition would ultimately cost more in the long run. Despite the delay, Britain has made significant progress in reducing emissions, with a nearly 50% decrease since 1990. Sunak believes that the UK is still on track to meet its commitments, citing past overdelivery, falling industry costs, and better-than-predicted public uptake of climate measures. The government’s independent climate adviser, however, has stated that more needs to be done to achieve the targets, and the delay is likely to hinder progress. The article concludes with information about the author and the Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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