Government is fiddling while the planet burns, says Green MEP

On World Environment Day Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has accused the UK government of ‘fiddling while the planet burns.’ The accusation comes following revelations that the government plans to ‘carry forward’ past ‘overperformance’ of carbon emission reductions into future carbon budgets. Meanwhile, the UK ranks near the bottom of EU member states on National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) [1].

The NECPs analysis by the European Climate Foundation places the UK as 21st out of 28 EU members. It points to the UK lacking clear emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency targets and a failure to specify when fossil fuel subsidies will be phased out.

Commenting, Molly said:

“The government is fiddling while the planet burns. There is no room for complacency. Given the UK ranks so low on an analysis of energy and climate plans, it simply cannot afford to increase its carbon budget in future years based on reducing emissions beyond its targets in previous years.

“Climate change is not a game where we shuffle emissions from one time frame to another; it’s a national and international emergency. We need clear and firm action to set the country on course for carbon neutrality by 2030. That means amongst other things an immediate end to fossil fuel subsidies, a widespread home insulation programme, and no more airport expansion.”


[1] European Climate Foundation – climate plans, with link to the full report and UK scorecard