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The UK has an ambitious decarbonisation plan. But does it have a credible one?

2021 will be the critical year for climate change policy. The UK’s enthusiasm is no guarantee of success

By Nick Butler  

Photo: Daniel Law/PA Archive/PA Images

The UK has set some bold climate change targets. Aspirations are easy. Now comes the hard part—explaining who will pay and demonstrating that other countries are sharing the burden.

A new White Paper and 10-point plan launched by the Prime Minister follow the announcement of a target of reducing emissions by almost 70 per cent over the next 10 years, from a 1990 baseline. It is all to help meet the overriding objective of UK energy policy—decarbonisation. By 2050 the goal is to achieve net zero. The 10-year target in particular marks the biggest shift in energy policy…

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