10 Downing Street
PM recommits UK to Net Zero by 2050 and pledges a “fairer” path to achieving target to ease the financial burden on British families
UK’s over-delivery on reducing emissions provides space to take a more pragmatic, proportionate, and realistic approach to reaching net zero.
UK’s over-delivery on reducing emissions provides space to take a more pragmatic, proportionate, and realistic approach to reaching net zero, while maintaining all our international commitments.
Revised plans will ease the burden on working people, as the Prime Minister forges a credible, transparent path to net zero that maintains public consent.
Ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars will be moved back to 2035 and new policies forcing landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties will be scrapped.
The ban on new fossil fuel boilers for certain households will be delayed while cash grants for boiler upgrade schemes will increase by 50% to £7,500 for those who want to transition now.
Prime Minister confirms worrying proposals such as seven recycling bins and taxes on meat and flying will never happen on his watch.
The Prime Minister vows to take forward a pragmatic, proportionate and realistic path to reach net zero by 2050 today (Wednesday 20 September), reducing costs on British families while still meeting international commitments.
The UK has set the most ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions by 68% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels – and is the only major economy to have set a target of 77% for 2035.
This follows progress over the past decades to cut emissions faster than any other G7 country, with the UK having already slashed emissions by 48%, compared to 41% in Germany, 23% in France and no change at all in the United States. The UK has even surpassed the targets most countries have set for 2030, such as Australia, Canada, Japan and the US, and overdelivered on all its previous targets to date.
Thanks to this progress already made, reaching the UK’s 2030 and 2035 targets do not have to come at the expense of British citizens who are continuing to face higher costs of living – particularly as the UK’sshare of global emissions is less than 1%.
This means some measures that were planned are no longer needed to fulfil them.
The Prime Minister has made clear that the plans to meet net zero will only succeed if public support is maintained or we risk losing the agenda altogether, unable to meet our goals.
The UK will remain the country with the most ambitious, stringent de-carbonisation targets in the world even after these changes are made.
Under revised plans, the Government will:
Move back the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by five years, so all sales of new cars from 2035 will be zero emission. This will enable families to wait to take advantage of falling prices over the coming decade if they wish to.
Delay the ban on installing oil and LPG boilers, and new coal heating, for off-gas-grid homes to 2035, instead of phasing them out from 2026. Many of these homes are not suitable for heat pumps, so this ensures homeowners are not having to spend around £10-15,000 on upgrading their homes in just three years’ time.
Set an exemption to the phase out of fossil fuel boilers, including gas, in 2035, so that households who will most struggle to make the switch to heat pumps or other low-carbon alternatives won’t have to do so. This is expected to cover about a fifth of homes, including off-gas-grid homes - those that will need expensive retrofitting or a very large electricity connection.
Scrap policies to force landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties, but instead continue to encourage households to do so where they can.
Raise the Boiler Upgrade Grant by 50% to £7,500 to help households who want to replace their gas boilers with a low-carbon alternative like a heat pump.
Rule out policy ideas that would require people to share cars, eat less meat and dairy, be taxed to discourage their flying, or have seven bins to hit recycling targets – removing worrying proposals that would interfere in the way people live their lives.
These changes will not require the UK to change or abandon its upcoming emissions targets and the Prime Minister is unequivocal that we’ll meet our international agreements including the critical promises in Paris and Glasgow to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:
This country is proud to be a world leader in reaching Net Zero by 2050. But we simply won’t achieve it unless we change.
We’ll now have a more pragmatic, proportionate, and realistic approach that eases the burdens on families.
All while doubling down on the new green industries of the future. In a democracy, that’s the only realistic path to Net Zero
We are going to change the way our politics works. We are going to make different decisions. We will not take the easy way out.
There will be resistance – and we will meet it. Because I am determined to change our country and build a better future for our children. Nothing less is acceptable.
Therefore, the Prime Minister has pledged to ensure that Parliament gives full scrutiny to all future measures that might be needed to fulfil the Carbon Budget. This means more accountability from elected representatives and more transparency for the British public on how we plan to reach net zero.
Underpinning our net zero ambitions is the commitment to boosting energy security and protecting nature. Today, the Prime Minister announced:
The first ever spatial plan for energy infrastructure set out to give industry certainty over where it will be and give every community a say.
A “fast track” through the nationally significant infrastructure project planning regime, available for major eligible transmission projects, to ensure they are prioritised, helping businesses and households connect to the grid sooner.
A new approach to grid connections, where energy projects that are ready first will connect first – and ultimately get online quicker.
The new Green Futures Fellowship, backed by a £150m endowment, to support at least 50 leading scientists and engineers to develop practical, breakthrough green technologies and climate change solutions over five years – building on the £1 billion invested into the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.
The Chancellor and Energy Security Secretary will bring forward comprehensive new reforms in due course.
Latest News from
10 Downing Street
Prime Minister announces Appointments Secretary13/08/2020 15:03:23
The Prime Minister has announced that he has appointed Mr Richard Tilbrook to be his Appointments Secretary.
Ministerial appointments: December 202307/12/2023 13:05:00
The King was pleased to approve the following government appointments.
Viet Nam Just Energy Transition Partnership: joint statement01/12/2023 17:17:00
The International Partners Group (IPG) co-led by the UK and EU, and also comprising Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway and the United States of America, welcome and endorse the Resource Mobilisation Plan for the Just Energy Transition Partnership with Viet Nam.
Countdown to Christmas kicked off in Downing Street01/12/2023 14:10:00
The Prime Minister has been joined by businesses, charities and community groups in a festive celebration at Downing Street, where he also switched on the Christmas lights outside Number 10.
Prime Minister's keynote speech at the Global Investment Summit: 27 November 202328/11/2023 13:10:00
Prime Minister Rishi Suank's speech given yesterday at the Global Investment Summit.
Prime Minister unveils £29.5bn of investment at historic Global Investment Summit27/11/2023 14:20:00
Thousands of jobs will be created across the UK in our most innovative sectors, including tech, life sciences, renewables, housing and infrastructure.
Nissan triples investment in electric vehicle production in the UK24/11/2023 10:25:00
Nissan is delivering up to £2 billion of new investment to produce two new electric vehicle models in Sunderland.
UK and South Korea to agree new partnership to redefine and strengthen ties for next generation21/11/2023 13:20:00
A major long-term agreement that will redefine the relationship between the UK and a critical Indo-Pacific partner will be signed by the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic of Korea this week.