Taxes on cars should be increased to help fund the fight against climate change, according to government advisors.
They say that the ministers should bring forward the end date of new car sales conventional from 2035 to 2032.
The committee on climate change (CCC) estimates that the chancellor should consider to increase the tax on gas for domestic heating.
It indicates that the changes should be made so that the Uk seeks to recover from the crisis of Covid-19 creating jobs.
The CCC also recommends that the country reduce its carbon emissions in the context of a “green recovery”.
He said that the government has a unique opportunity to change society for the better.
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But the committee insists on the fact that the ministers should send the right messages economic to the consumers.
The president of the CCC, Lord Deben, says that it is logical to increase the fuel prices when the cost of oil is low – and to use the revenue to subsidize low-emission vehicles.
He said: “It seems perfectly clear that we should increase the tax on the price of oil very low as we have at the moment. We need to make sure that people who choose the good way to do that are less expensive than those who choose the wrong way. “
Bail on fees of gas heating
The committee was more cautious about the increase in the price of gas, heating, and Lord Deben said that the poor had to be protected from high prices.
But he said that the next revision by the Treasury of the climate change policies must address the problem, because the heating must switch from gas to alternative low-carbon.
Another sector that has an urgent need for investments is the cooling of the dwellings, the report says.
As a large part of the dampers uk, the CCC warns that the elderly and the sick are vulnerable to overheating, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and apartments in the south of England being particularly at risk.
It is anticipated that the annual deaths related to the heat could more than double by 2050 to 5000 – that is, even if the emission targets are achieved.
He said that the renovations would improve the life and reduce emissions while creating thousands of “green”jobs.
The ventilation could be improved, the sun visor may be fixed to the windows and trees could be planted to cool the air and provide shade.
The report warns that the government will have to exceed its commitments in the manifesto on the houses.
It also indicates that the changes post-Covid-19 will require what is known as a just transition “for workers that will need to be recycled, and jobs in carbon-intensive jobs to low-carbon.
The report warns ministers against the protection of jobs in polluting industries, as this would result in an increase of emissions in the long term.
It identifies key policy areas:
- Move: It should be easier for people to walk and cycle. Better broadband is needed for the work at home. The ambition of the government to reduce the number of car trips requires policies.
- Tree-planting projects and restoration of peatlands generate skilled jobs and benefit the climate, biodiversity, air quality and flood prevention.
- Energy: networks need to be strengthened to support the electrification of transport and heating. New infrastructure is needed for hydrogen as well as for the capture and storage of carbon.
- Innovation: significant investments are needed in research and development to give the Uk a competitive advantage in clean industries.
The baroness Brown of Cambridge, chair of the adaptation committee of the CCC, said: “Covid-19 has shown that the planning of systemic risk is inevitable.
“We have repeatedly warned that the Uk is poorly prepared for the effects of very severe climate change, including flooding, overheating and water shortages. This is the time to put our house in order. ”
The CCC was one of the many organizations calling for a green recovery. Some of them believe that aid should be refused to the industries with high carbon emissions such as aviation, unless “strings ” green” are attached.
Among the voices is the employers ‘ organisation, the CBI, who said: “The need to act urgently against climate change will remain as important as before the occurrence of the coronavirus.”
A report of the reflection group ecological ECIU said that investing in jobs to low-carbon, can help “improve” the United Kingdom for the benefit of the constituencies, the so-called “red wall” which were crucial in the general election of 2019.
And an overwhelming majority (79%) of the members of the Climate Assembly UK – from different backgrounds – have said that the government should support changes that will help achieve the goal of zero net issuance in the United Kingdom.
Speech by the Prime minister soon expected
The Prime minister said that he wanted to invest in United Kingdom more green, and that it should provide details on its policy in the coming weeks.
Benny Peiser, of the group libertarian of the Global Warming Policy Forum, doubt it will follow fully the advice of the committee.
He told BBC News: “Any policy that favours the climate change policy on a rapid economic recovery would be suicidal for the british economy and the government. Although Boris could talk to, it is unlikely that he is walking. ”
The commission has also been criticised – in the opposite direction – by the authors of a report in the journal Climate Policy.
The researchers concluded that the reductions in emissions foreseen in the Uk are less than half as stringent as necessary to ensure that the country contributes equally to limit the heating global climate at less than 2 ° C.
The co-author, professor Kevin Anderson, said to me: “The problem is that the committee does not look at what needs to be done – he looks at what he can say without being politically ignored. It is very different. ”
Lord Deben said: “This is absolutely false “.
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