UK Getting Serious About Climate Action With Plans For Low Carbon Growth

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Pardon the pun, but climate change is a hot topic right now. With President Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement it’s certainly at the forefront of minds of many politicians. Some believe that even the planet is talking back to us. We’re just coming off of the most intense Atlantic hurricane season we’ve seen in a very long time, and it’s pretty clear that waters are getting warmer. Just as Western Europe, who got hit by post-Tropical Storm Ophelia last week–a very rare occurrence, indeed.

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In recent months, we’ve seen a lot of companies and government entities in the US pledge a renewed commitment to climate efforts. Historically, the UK has had a rough time making big waves on this front, primarily due to the conservative party that rules the country.

That may be changing.

The British government recently announced their “Clean Growth Plan,” and there are some pretty impressive bullet points within that plan. Some of the more notable highlights of the plan include:

  • £1 billion toward lower emission vehicles
  • Committing £2.5 billion to coming up with new low carbon innovation over the next 6 years
  • A commitment to stop using unabated coal for electric power by 2025, as well as phasing out traditional gas and diesel vehicle sales by 2040
  • Outfitting a million homes with £3.5 billion in energy efficient upgrades
  • A commitment to create the best network in the world for electric vehicle charging

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Needless to say, the UK’s Clean Growth Plan lays out a path full of some pretty impressive milestones. Many environmentalists agree that it’s not a perfect plan–there isn’t much support for solar or wind development, for example. However, no one can deny that the Clean Growth Plan is a step in the right direction.

Let’s just hope that more countries will follow suit.

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