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A U-turn is rarely good news

Any significant reversal is sure to capture attention, not only symbolically but also in its impact on prior policies and decisions. This holds true for the UK Government's recent about-face on climate commitments. The key areas of change include:

  1. Postponing the deadline for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

  2. Extending the timeline for phasing out gas boilers.

It's important to acknowledge that such changes may entail higher costs, requiring us to exercise greater cost sensitivity when making decisions. However, it's a well-established fact that deferring change often leads to even greater expenses in the long run.

Maintaining a leadership position in any endeavour is advantageous, but this advantage is now in question as the UK has chosen to step back. Once a pioneering force in the green transition, the UK is now affording itself more time without adjusting the ultimate deadline. This delay could potentially result in heightened pressure in 10 or 20 years, especially when 2050 draws closer.

The pertinent question that arises is whether this decision was the right one, especially considering that it contradicts the advice put forth by the Climate Change Committee.

While numerous sources cover the British government's change of direction, we recommend visiting the Climate Change Committee to gain a comprehensive understanding of the recommendations, far removed from the realm of politics.


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