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May 2021

How the ‘climate assembly’ says the UK should reach net-zero

By Climate change, Politics, Sustainability

In January 2020, more than 100 randomly selected members of the public met in a secret location in Birmingham to begin taking part in the UK’s first “climate assembly”.

The assembly’s conclusions recommend changes across a broad range of sectors, from meat-and-dairy consumption and air travel through to zero-carbon heating and electricity generation.

Measures receiving high levels of support from the assembly include: a levy for frequent fliers; a ban on the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2030-35; and a switch to a more biodiversity-focused farming system.

However, some measures for stronger climate action did not receive strong support. For example, the assembly did not recommend reaching net-zero emissions earlier than 2050.

<a href=””>In this in-depth Q&amp;A, Carbon Brief walks us through the assembly’s recommendations for every sector of the UK’s economy.</a>

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