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An honest conversation about net zero

Published on 11 October 2023

We discuss the impact of the Prime Minister's announcement on net zero.

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Recently, Rishi Sunak announced significant changes to the UK's net zero pathway. A ban on the sale of combustion engines has been pushed back to 2035, instead of a 100% phase out of gas boilers by 2035, this has been changed to 80%, and he’s scrapped energy efficiency targets for homes.

What is the impact of the announcement? Who will it affect? How will it alter the UK's path to net zero?

Joining us today is Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee, an independent, statutory body which advises the government on climate change. 

Paul was until this year also a member of the CCC.

Zooming In: discussion questions

Every week, we share a set of questions designed for A Level economics students to discuss, written by teacher Will Haines.

  1. Explain the distinction between policy and politics in the conversation about net zero?
  2. Describe the challenges in the renewable energy sector and what more needs to be done to achieve clean energy production?
  3. Having listened to this conversation, do you feel more or less optimistic that the UK will achieve net zero by 2050?