In a major policy shift, Rishi Sunak is contemplating changing some of the government's most important green commitments.
Sources mentioned that this could include delaying a moratorium on the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles and phasing out gas boilers. In the coming days, the prime minister will deliver a speech outlining the upcoming adjustments.
In response to the rumored plans, he stated that the government was committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but in a more proportional manner.
The objective of net zero is for the United Kingdom to remove from the atmosphere the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, that it emits.
The prime minister stated that politicians in administrations of all stripes have been dishonest about costs and trade-offs for too many years. Instead, they have chosen the straightforward path by asserting that we can have everything.
He stated that the United Kingdom is committed to the international climate agreements it has already made.
If he proceeds ahead with the plan it would represent a significant shift in the Conservative Party's approach to net zero policy, as well as establishing a clear dividing line with the Labour Party.
According to sources, the speech could include as many as seven fundamental policy changes or commitments despite the fact that some of its particulars are still believed to be up for debate.
First, the government would delay the 2030 implementation of the prohibition on the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles until 2035. Since 2020, the 2030 date has been government policy.
Second, the government would significantly undermine the plan to phase out the installation of gas boilers by 2035, stating that only 80 percent of gas boilers should be phased out by that year.
Third, it would be communicated to householders and landlords that there will be no new energy efficiency regulations for homes.
Ministers were contemplating fining landowners who fail to upgrade their properties to a specified level of energy efficiency.
Fourth, the 2026 ban on off-grid oil boilers will be delayed until 2035, with an 80 percent phase-out goal at that time.
Mr. Sunak is likely to reject what he considers to be burdensome recycling programs.
According to reports, the government had considered a recycling strategy in which households would have had "seven bins" - six for recycling and one for general refuse.
Former chairman of the UK government's net zero review, Conservative MP Chris Skidmore, stated that watering down green policies would cost the UK jobs, inward investment, and future economic development.
He stated that Rishi Sunak still has time to reconsider and not make the greatest mistake of his premiership, thus condemning the United Kingdom to lose out on what could be the greatest opportunity of the decade to deliver growth, employment, and future prosperity.
The rescheduling of net-zero emission targets "will eliminate 'greenwash' measures based on obviously unattainable deadlines"
The King will be on a state visit to France on Thursday, where he will preside over the Climate Mobilization Forum.
The event brings together experts in climate finance and seeks to assist developing nations in implementing measures to reduce emissions. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will accompany the King.