Electric cars, more trees and electric boilers in UK net zero strategy
London, Oct 19 (EFE).- The British government unveiled on Tuesday its “net zero” strategy to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 which includes a £1 billion electric car revolution, more trees and electric boilers among others.
The strategy is not just “an environmental transition” but represents “an important economic change too,” UK minister of energy and clean growth Greg Hands told MPs.
The new plan will support up to 440,000 jobs and unlock £90 billion of private investment by 2030 with the aim to fully decarbonise the power system by 2035.
Among the initiatives in the strategy is the end of sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and a £620 million grant for zero emission vehicles.
Some £625 million will also be invested to triple tree planting in England by 2024 and the UK aims to end the sale of new gas boilers by 2035.
In his forward to the strategy, UK prime minister Boris Johnson wrote: “For years, going green was inextricably bound up with a sense that we have to sacrifice the things we love.
“But this strategy shows how we can build back greener without so much as a hair shirt in sight.
“In 2050, we will still be driving cars, flying planes and heating our homes, but our cars will be electric gliding silently around our cities, our planes will be zero emission allowing us to fly guilt-free, and our homes will be heated by cheap reliable power drawn from the winds of the North Sea.”
The strategy was unveiled ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Scotland which will take place on October 31.EFE