Government policies on climate change ‘disappoint the poorest’

Yet he also noted that current policies fail to address the risk of poorer people being unfairly disadvantaged as the UK moves towards a greener economy.

With regard to electric vehicles, for example, the committee noted that electric cars are more expensive than regular cars, with the lack of a second-hand market meaning that low-income households cannot afford them.

It is also more expensive for those without a driveway to charge electric cars, which means higher-income households currently benefit more from switching to greener vehicles.

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Although the CCC said the government had made progress in targeting vulnerable households in its net zero strategy, it noted that gaps remained.

A persistent failure to properly insulate the UK’s housing stock, for example, has left millions paying high energy bills.

“Beyond supporting energy bills in the short term, there is a need to define policies for energy efficiency measures that will reduce costs for households and support the transition from fossil fuel consumption in the longer term. “, says the report.

The report also warned that the government had failed to explain how the transition to net zero would be paid for fairly, without higher costs falling on the shoulders of those with the lowest incomes.

“The Net Zero Review failed to present the impacts of net zero on the distribution of costs and benefits in society.

“Without this, it is unclear how to ensure that net zero funding is fair and is seen to be fair,” the report says.

Lord Deben said of the CCC’s latest report: “The UK is a champion in setting new climate targets, now we must be world leaders in achieving them. Amid a cost of living crisis, the country is crying out to end its reliance on expensive fossil fuels.

“I welcome the government’s reaffirmed commitment to net zero, but the holes in its strategy urgently need to be plugged. The window for real progress is short. We are attentive to the promised action.

Greenpeace UK political campaigner Ami McCarthy said: “It is a little ironic that the CCC has called this report progress when the government’s progress on climate policy has stalled.

“The cost of living crisis should give further impetus to the kind of action we need to see to stop the energy waste that is destroying the climate in our homes, because the solution to both problems – an insulation program put urgently implemented nationwide – is the same.

“The more this government drags its feet in greening our homes, providing renewable energy and moving our food production system away from meat, the more brutal and costly the change will be. Hurry up. The government must roll up its sleeves and deliver the benefits of a climate-friendly economy to all.

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