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How the UK did an about-face on its obligations

How the UK did an about-face on its obligations

The United Kingdom has returned to many of the commitments made during its own version of the COP in 2021. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s conservative party wants to talk about a “new approach” with the next election in its sights.


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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on September 20, 2023 in London, England.  (Justin Tallis/Pool)

COP 2021, which opens in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday 30 November, is being organized in the United Kingdom. London then made strong pledges, but the current government has backtracked on most of them in recent months. The Conservative Party has become a losing machine, with the by-elections a fiasco for four years. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants to stop this cycle before the 2024 general elections. He thinks he has found a way to play the economy card rather than the environment card.

In recent months, the government has approved around a hundred new gas and oil operations in the North Sea and postponed a ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and gas boilers. Sunak is banking on wind power, nuclear power and technological advancements in the coming years, while maintaining its goal of becoming a zero carbon emission nation by 2050.

Anti-ecological campaign considered punitive

“Now we will have a more practical, proportionate and realistic approach, which will ease the burden on familiesThe British Prime Minister promises. Consent, don’t impose. Honesty, no ambiguity. Pragmatism, not ideology. A method he used from a partial legislative referendum last summer was a surprise success. In one district in the west of London, the electorate voted for the Conservative Party. The reason? The Labor City Hall has decided to extend the toll for high polluting vehicles for this block. Sunak’s party has campaigned against this perceived punitive ecology.

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