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Meet our global commitments on climate change

Last updated: 11:59am 15 January 2019

So, after we have left the European Union, we will form our energy policy based not on the way energy is generated but on the ends we desire – reliable and affordable energy, seizing the industrial opportunity that new technology presents and meeting our global commitments on climate change.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.23

Our verdict

In 2015, 195 countries signed up to a legally binding global climate deal known as the Paris Agreement.  Amongst other things, governments, including the UK government, agreed to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, report to each other on progress towards targets, and to strengthen societies’ ability to deal with the impacts of climate change.

This policy is a promise to meet such commitments once we have left the European Union. The UK is scheduled to leave the European Union on Friday 29 March 2019 at 11pm. The current plan is for a transition period to begin at that point to allow further time for businesses and civil society to prepare for changes to rules and regulations. The planned end point of the transition period is 31 December 2020.

Our verdict for this policy is ‘not started’, since the UK needs to leave the EU before any progress can be made in fulfilling this pledge. We’ll revisit this one after March 2019. Follow this policy for updates.

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