IPCC report confirms that global climate policies have failed – what happens now?

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Following the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report into the impact of climate change policies have had on the environment, the UK is calling for urgent action.

The announcement also follows a recent report on the science of climate change, that says the planet has warmed more than previously estimated.

This latest report published by the IPCC is a stark warning from scientists around the world that human activity is damaging the planet at an alarming rate.

The report warns that climate change is already affecting every region across the globe and that without urgent action to limit warming, heatwaves, heavy precipitation, droughts, and loss of Arctic Sea ice, snow cover and permafrost, will all increase while carbon sinks will become less effective at slowing the growth of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

The report highlights that cutting global emissions, starting immediately, to net zero by mid-century would give a good chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C in the long-term and help to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “(The) report makes for sobering reading, and it is clear that the next decade is going to be pivotal to securing the future of our planet. We know what must be done to limit global warming – consign coal to history and shift to clean energy sources, protect nature and provide climate finance for countries on the frontline. I hope the IPCC report will be a wake-up call for the world to take action now, before we meet in Glasgow in November for the critical COP26 summit.”

Global Warming Policy Forum: ‘It’s time to do something different’

30 years after the IPCC’s first report and despite yearly UN climate conferences it is now beyond doubt that renewable energy policies have failed to halt or slow the relentless rise in global CO2 emissions.

In the wake of the publication today of the IPCC’s 6 Assessment Report (AR6) the UK government, like many around the world, will face growing calls to “do more” to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

In truth, many governments, and the UK is a clear example, are already trying extremely hard to reduce emissions. They are spending very heavily on emissions reduction technologies, mostly on renewable energy. Income support subsidies to renewables in the UK alone cost consumers over £10 billion a year, a total that is still rising.

However, these policies have only destroyed industry in the West and exported production and their CO2 emissions to areas still using low cost fossil fuels, such as China. The conclusion is obvious. Climate policies are failing not because of a lack of political will, but because the technologies selected are extortionately expensive and ineffective, and are already stimulating public resistance.

The gilets jaunes protests in France were an early sign and the recent anti-carbon tax referendum in Switzerland the latest manifestation. The fierce public push-back against Boris Johnson’s attempt to ban gas boilers in the UK is another.

As the current political turmoil in Downing Street shows, there will be more to come, not least because industry salesmen and government analysts, such as the Committee on Climate Change have repeatedly misled politicians about the true cost of their favoured emissions reductions technologies, hugely expensive wind farms and solar panels.

Sometimes these costs have been deliberately hidden. Last week, the Committee on Climate Change was ordered by the Information Tribunal to release its previously concealed cost estimates for the target of Net Zero emissions by 2050.

But in spite of attempts to hide the costs, the truth is becoming more widely known, and the Prime Minister is currently in political difficulties over his climate plans because of increasing concern amongst Conservative backbenchers that they are on the verge of widespread public revolt.

Mr Johnson has a choice. He has to decide whether he wishes to sacrifice substantive action on climate change, as well his own political future, in order to support the failing renewables industry. Assuming that he wishes to leave a positive political legacy he must show real leadership by abandoning ineffective and unreliable renewables and following sound engineering and economic advice on cheaper paths to emissions reduction.

This alternative pathway is obvious. The gas and nuclear route has long been known to experts as the most practical means of reducing emissions, a view summarised in a recent GWPF paper The Workable Alternative to Net Zero.

Dr Benny Peiser, GWPF director, said: “Decades of childish and misconceived green policies have done nothing to reduce global CO2 emissions and have only succeeded in stirring up intense public resistance. We are constantly told to do ‘more’, but more of the same will be disastrous. Renewables are futile, ineffective and have no future. Gas and nuclear have to be fast-tracked if there is any chance of publicly acceptable, long-term climate policies.”

‘IPCC report is simply baseless fashionable scare mongering – no substance just fear!’

Howard Cox, Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign beleives that the IPCC is misleading and that we shouldn’t read too much into it.

The IPCC Report is a disappointment. It was the ideal chance to show climate realism instead of paranoia. As a popular campaigning group representing persecuted drivers across the nation, FairFuelUK wanted the emphasis of the IPCC’s angst and predictable scare mongering to focus on practical solutions. Where are they? They are simply calling for more funding! And for what?

The APPG for Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers released last week, a ground-breaking report with 7 recommendations to improve air quality without cliff edge fossil fuel bans.  Nowhere in the IPCC report are constructive proposals like those, just alarmism.

The UK is responsible for just 1% of CO2 emissions, yet no doubt the government will pander to the UN’s elitist committee, and through their hysteria will make hard working families, drivers, small businesses pay for even more ineffective un-consulted knee jerk policies through such virtue signalling nonsense. All to look pretty at COP26. Global Net Zero is not achievable and UK’s costly egotistical plans will be a raindrop in an ocean. There will be a rebellion and the Conservative Party will rightly suffer the consequences.

Is your business doing enough to reach Net Zero?

Kevin Quigley commercial director of Warrens Group, a North East food waste recycling company has mapped out key points on how local businesses can reach the target of Net Zero. 

It will not be news to anyone that climate change is one of the biggest issues we face as a planet. Climate change is an issue that experts are urging world leaders and business owners to start taking seriously, following a string of extreme weather conditions all over the globe.

Increasingly alarming research* constantly reminds us that temperatures around the globe are soon set to rise to dangerous and record-breaking temperatures. People across the globe are carrying a huge weight on their shoulders to do their part in saving the planet by living more sustainable lives. However, the reality is that individuals and households can only do so much to stop the imminent climate disaster.

Most of the change must come from businesses and corporations that are responsible for a huge portion of carbon emissions. Thankfully, more and more businesses are making the pledge to reach net zero by 2050, alongside a huge number of countries and regions.

For companies, net zero means reaching a balance between the amount of greenhouse gasses produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. There are many questions around whether reaching this goal is possible, but Kevin Quigley from Warrens Group, who works with businesses to minimise carbon emissions by recycling food waste, explains that it can be done with careful planning and decision making.

The UK Government has made reaching global net zero a priority of COP26 in November. The climate summit held in Glasgow will highlight how countries aim to reach this goal. However, Kevin advises that businesses should start to lay out their own sustainability plan and take necessary steps to help reach the target of net zero sooner rather than later. These steps include the following:

  • Prioritise

It is becoming evident that in the future, the value of businesses will be linked to their climate targets. One of the first steps your business should take is to make net zero a target of priority. By prioritising climate related targets, businesses prove to their customer that they are making a real commitment to acting sustainably and building a better future for all.

  • Make a pledge

By making a public pledge companies show they are willing to be held accountable for their progress to net zero. A pledge can also inspire those around them to do the same. The pledge should make clear the targets, actions, and an immediate call to action should be made clear. There are frameworks that you can use to set up your businesses’ pledge to net zero.

  • Plan

A net zero business plan is essential. Creating specific steps that your company will take allows investors, partners and consumers an insight into how the business plans to achieve the targets they set out. Your plan should prioritise reducing emissions before looking at offsetting, and consider any obstacles they need to be addressed to make sure that the path to net zero is as clear as possible.

  • Action

Taking immediate action is the only way to reach net zero. There could always be an excuse for waiting around, but businesses must show they are serious about tackling climate change. The earlier you act, the sooner your business benefits from reduced costs and long-term ROI of being a leader in the fight against climate change. It also allows time for your business plan to adjust and settle, while late-adopters may find themselves scrambling and paying the price.

  • Reporting

If you want people to believe your business’ commitment to reaching net zero, transparent reporting on your progress to net zero. Publishing regular updates on your progress, changes in plans and interim targets will help all stakeholders follow and support your journey and make sure you know you’re on the right path.

  • Partnerships

Businesses and corporation working together with their country leaders makes for a more realist effort to reach net zero goals. Through partnering with similar businesses, you can coordinate investment at scale and have a stronger approach to tackling the bigger problems.

There are key sectors that may need to get a sustainability plan outlined quicker than others, this is due to their contribution to climate change. Energy companies that deal in fossil fuels should be looking at a full transition to renewables, large-scale manufacturers must find new ways to produce goods and the travel and transport industry need to move faster on making greener tech the standard.

Net zero will only be achieved as a collective effort, and ensuring plans are laid out now means that any future laws regarding sustainability will smoothly transition into business plans that have prioritised their sustainability effort.

Majority of businesses recognise the need to act on climate change – but many lack resources to do so

A landmark survey of business attitudes towards climate change reveals that nearly 70% of South West businesses consider climate change to be a core ‘business issue’.

The results of the survey, which sought the views of 475 SMEs, highlights not only the pressing need to take action to combat climate change, but also the growing realisation among businesses of their role and responsibility in tackling climate change in the coming years.

Of the businesses that consider climate change an important issue, 46% have already implemented plans and processes to reduce their carbon emissions and/or environmental impacts, whereas 31% have done so but at smaller scale by switching to a renewable energy supplier for instance. 21% of businesses said that they have not done anything at all.

Despite the enthusiasm among businesses to take action on climate change, significant challenges and barriers remain that prevent them from doing so, according to the survey.

Cost was the most commonly cited barrier, with 28% businesses saying that they lacked sufficient funds to decarbonise their operations through investing in ultra-low emissions vehicles for example. This was followed by competing priorities (26%), a lack of knowledge and changing policies and regulations (24% respectively) as the most common barriers to achieving net zero.

In light of these findings, it is clear that businesses need much more support from the government if the UK is to reach its net zero target by 2050. Businesses indicated that access to finance (34%), greater clarity on policy and regulations (29%) and improved accessibility of general advice (26%) would be key in enabling them to cut carbon emissions into the future.

Responding to the survey findings, Nina Skubala Head of Climate Strategy at Business West says: “Climate change is a defining issue of our time and businesses now know that they can make a pivotal contribution towards the rapid transitions required to overcome the challenges that it poses.

“However, without a ramping up of support, businesses fear that they lack the knowledge and resources to be able to do their bit and get to grips with the climate crisis. This needs to change and efforts to decarbonise our economy need to be significantly accelerated.

“Against this background, we are calling on the government to commit to providing further support to business communities to empower them to prepare and adapt to meet the challenges of climate change and aid the transition to a sustainable and resilient regional economy.”

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