The United Kingdom has become the 111th country to ratify the Paris climate agreement, which aims to avoid the devastating effect of climate change by vastly reducing carbon emissions.
The Agreement Has Been Welcomed
The foreign minister, Boris Johnson, signed the agreement on Thursday after a parliamentary deadline passed on Wednesday night, with no objections being raised by other politicians. Salaheddine Mezouar, the Moroccan foreign minister and president of the COP22 summit, told the Guardian: “It is excellent news that the UK has ratified the Paris climate agreement, and it comes at the right moment. It is a good response to all those people who are sceptical about climate change.”
Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist, Doug Parr said that having set a target for curbing carbon emissions, the UK now needed to find the quickest and cheapest route to get there. “A mix of renewables, battery storage and efficiency measures is the way to go,” he said. “If Theresa May wants to have an industrial strategy that can cut emissions, create jobs, and help keep down bills, she should put low-carbon infrastructure at its heart.”
The Governments Current Strategy
To meet its climate commitments, the United Kingdom will have to decarbonise the lion’s share of its electricity by 2030 according to the government’s official advisers, the committee on climate change (CCC). The government’s strategy currently favours an expansion in nuclear power and shale gas extraction via fracking, the latter of which could ramp up carbon emissions if it is not displacing coal. It has also rowed back support for solar and onshore wind power developments.
Source – https://www.theguardian.com/environment/paris-climate-agreement