Two big green announcements this week shows that the Government is taking environmental concerns seriously.
Firstly, the Government has caved in to public pressure and the more green- inclined MPs and decided to include shipping and aviation sources in emission targets. This amendment to the Climate Change Bill, due to become law next month, will outline Britain’s commitment to curb its carbon footprint by 80% by 2050. Tackling shipping and aviation emissions is therefore a step in the right direction, as they account for 7.5% of all emissions.
Second up, the Government has announced that millions of pounds of public money is to spent be on environmentally friendly vehicles. This investment, which will encompass both the research and manufacture of electric cars, will lead to some hands on trials for local authorities and the public.
1. Some local authorities and other public bodies will be given money to purchase and run electric vans;
2. 100 electric cars will be distributed across the UK for people to try out and charging points will put in place.
This is certainly a step in the right direction – but there is the argument that being less technologically prescriptive and leaving the industry to come up with the right solutions might have been a more suitable way forwards. Time will tell…