UK Set to Publish Net Zero Review in Early 2023
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's commitment to tackling climate change could face scrutiny early in the new year with the publication of a review into the UK's target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. A Government spokesperson said it remained "absolutely committed to net zero, but with Russia weaponising energy across Europe, we must make sure we reach our target in a way that protects energy security and does not place undue burdens on businesses or consumers". At the time, Communities Secretary Michael Gove insisted the scheme would be a net zero emissions project, even as experts warned that it sent the wrong signal to industry about climate commitments to cutting emissions to zero overall. While there, the Prime Minister told world leaders and delegates it was morally right to deliver on promises on tackling climate change - but also economically right, reducing energy dependency and providing new jobs and growth. Mr Skidmore was asked to consider how the country could deliver "maximum economic growth and investment" alongside the Government's climate change ambitions, while also considering the need for energy security and the costs for the public.