Skip to Content

Spectator Briefing

Can Britain achieve net zero by 2050?

7 June 2019

12:31 PM

7 June 2019

12:31 PM

Urgency of action on climate change is made plenty clear by the headline making actions of Extinction Rebellion (those naked protestors who shut down London) and the 16 year old activist in plaits Greta Thunberg, who visited the UK earlier this month. It’s obvious that we need to take action to slow down climate change, but given such a daunting task – it’s only saving the entire world… – where does one even start?

The Climate Change Committee might have some of the answers. Earlier this month, the CCC released an ambitious new target for the UK to become a net zero emitter of greenhouse gases – it reckons we can get there by 2050. So what are the actions we need to take, the technologies we need to use, and the policies that government needs to enact?


In the Spectator’s latest policy podcast, Fraser Nelson gets to the bottom of these questions with Chris Stark, chief exec at the CCC, Laura Sandys, former Tory MP and Co-chair of the IPPR Environment and Justice Commission, and Jo Coleman, Energy Transitions Manager at Shell, who are kindly sponsoring this podcast.

It turns out that becoming vegetarian isn’t the be-all and end-all of saving the planet – and that you might even be able to save your bacon if you learn about heat pumps, carbon capture, and hydrogen vehicles. Why not start with this podcast, starring the best in the field?


Show comments
Close