Net-zero carbon, under-promise and over-deliver?
One aspect of the 2019 general election that stood out was the very high profile of environmental issues on the campaign trail. Both Labour and Lib Dems signed up to incredibly ambitious decarbonisation targets, and the Green Party eventually increased its vote by 65%. Ultimately, the Conservative Party who published the least ambitious climate change commitments has won the largest electoral mandate in 32 years. Boris Johnson has the power to deliver, and by a stroke, the UK’s climate change discourse can move from consideration of hypothetical programmes to a deliverable 30-year route map to net-zero carbon.