Campaign Response for Every Climate Promise

Thank you kindly for your email and raising the concerns you have – it is appreciated.

As the Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye, climate change is at the forefront of my concerns when in Parliament and I am in regular communication with ministers on the importance of the UK’s role in fighting climate change but also in my activities in the constituency. You might be interested to know that we recently held a Clean Earth Show in the constituency to showcase the potential for green tech and jobs.

Decisive action has already been taken, for example the UK will end unabated coal power generation from 2024, one year earlier than planned, and the Government has ended support for the overseas fossil fuel sector.

The Government has committed to decarbonise the UK’s electricity system by 2035, thereby boosting home-grown, green technologies such as offshore wind and nuclear energy to support the transition away from reliance on fossil fuels. The UK Government has also already published its Net Zero Strategy ahead of COP26 which can be found at: Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). If you would like a pdf copy, please let me know.

To answer your query on the UK at COP, the country is taking a leading role in COP26. COP26 gives world leaders a chance to build on the commitments secured at the G7, such as the commitment to keep the 1.5 degree temperature rise within reach. I also attended COP26 myself focusing on the importance of Blue Carbon and its use to reach net zero.

You mention the need for a plan to achieve net zero. I welcome the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan which will allow the UK to forge ahead in eradicating the UK’s contribution to climate change. 

As included in the plan, the UK will produce enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we currently produce to 40GW by 2030, thereby supporting up to 60,000 jobs.

The Government will work with industry and aim to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for industry, transport, power and homes. In addition, the Government aims to develop the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade. The UK will also become a world leader in carbon capture technology to store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030, equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber today, through £200 million investment. Finally, from £525 million investment in nuclear as a clean energy source this will develop the next generation of small and advanced reactors which could support 10,000 jobs.  

Other parts of the plan include a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028, £1 billion funding to make our schools, hospitals and homes more energy efficient, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, promoting and investing in zero-emission transport and £20 million to develop clean maritime technology. The plan also includes a pledge to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, while the sale of some hybrid cars and vans will continue until 2035. 

This plan will mobilise £12 billion of Government investment to create and support 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs across the UK. It is expected to spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030.

The Government's Net Zero Strategy builds on the Ten Point Plan and sets out a clear path for the changes needed to secure our energy, create jobs and new industries, and end the UK's contribution to climate change. The UK can rapidly cut carbon emissions, while creating new jobs, new technologies and future-proof industries that will generate economic growth for decades to come. 

With regards to finance, the UK also recently issued the UK’s first ever Sovereign Green Bond, becoming the first country in the world to make Taskforce on Climate-Related Disclosures mandatory by 2023. I was excited to see the Chancellor unveil a roadmap for sustainable investing which includes details on Sustainability Disclosure Requirements and a new UK Green Taxonomy which will create a shared understanding of which economic activities are classed as green.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me on the important matter of climate change.

Yours sincerely,

Sally-Ann Hart MP