The Financial Times is reporting that ‘Rishi Sunak has indicated he is ready to soften the government’s green policies, saying he did not want to “hassle” voters and that hitting the UK’s net zero carbon emissions target had to be done in a “proportionate” way.
The article can be seen here (subscription may be necessary) and reports that the issue ‘is a hot political topic after the Tories clung on to the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency in a parliamentary by-election last week, where voters protested against a plan by London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan to extend to Greater London a charge on heavily polluting vehicles.’
Adding ‘Downing Street also said it was committed to a target of banning the installation of new gas boilers in homes from 2035, but stated: “It is right that we consider how technology evolves . . . as we progress towards 2035.”