The UK Government lacks a plan for how it will achieve net zero by 2050 despite setting a legal target almost two years ago, an all-party group of MPs has concluded.
Although the Government intends to publish a plethora of strategies this year setting out how it will reduce emissions, "at present, there is no coordinated plan" with clear milestones towards achieving the target, the Public Accounts Committee said.
The committee’s report also said that government departments are not yet sufficiently considering the impact on net zero when taking forward projects and programmes.
Although as much as 62% of the future reduction in emissions will rely on individual choices and behaviours, such as replacing boilers that use fossil fuels or buying an electric vehicle, the Government has also not yet engaged with the public on the changes required.
Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said: "Our response to climate change must be as joined up and integrated as the ecosystems we are trying to protect. We must see a clear path plotted, with interim goals set and reached - it will not do to dump our emissions on poorer countries to hit UK targets. Our new international trade deals, the levelling up agenda - all must fit in the plan to reach net zero.
“COP26 is a few months away; the eyes of the world, its scientists and policymakers are on the UK - big promises full of fine words won’t stand up."
In a separate report, MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, criticised preparations for COP26 in Glasgow.
The Government refuted the claims, pointing out that it has been leading the world on tackling climate change with a faster reduction in emissions in recent years than any other developed nation.