The UK government is to set in law the world’s most ambitious climate change target, cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.
Why 1990 and not by current levels? Is it to make the % bigger or does it create little work to do to get us to that point?
So in 1990 the UK had total emissions of 608.3m tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) in 1990.
A report published in 2017 said the UK was down to 382.9 MtCO2.
In 2020 that figure was 326.1 MtCO2.
Since 1990 and 2020 emissions have fell by 46.7%
A figure of 78% does indeed seem massive but what figure is needed.
133.8 MtCO2 is the target to achieve by 2035. (9.5 MtCO2 per year)
Electric car boost, ban on sale of new Diesel cars, change in petrol grading and more wind farms are amongst many items been talk about or are already implemented.
So back to the original question. As 1990 was so high, it bears sense to compare to that to make it look like a better job is done. If it was compared to 2020 figures then more works needs to be done for a smaller percent and that makes the government look bad.
So have the UK Goverment made climate change a political decision to win votes, rather than looking out for us normal folk?