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UK citizens' assembly wants 'fair' path to 2050 net-zero emissions goal

(Reuters, 10 Sep 2020) In its advice to parliament, the panel says that freedom of choice and consistent government support for climate action are crucial.

Taxes on frequent fliers, more wind and solar power, and better protection for nature should be key policies in Britain's push to meet its promise to cut emissions to net zero by 2050, a citizens' assembly advised the country's lawmakers on Thursday.

But its final recommendations in a report to parliament did not back nuclear power, efforts to capture and store climate-changing carbon emissions, or limits on driving and flying.

The assembly said future changes should follow principles of fairness - particularly for those less able to adapt - as well as freedom of choice, and strong, consistent government leadership on climate action with cross-party support.

"They didn't want policies to change with every successive government," noted Chris Shaw, parliamentary director for the Climate Assembly UK, a 108-member panel created to provide citizen input on meeting Britain's climate change goals.

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Reuters, 10 Sep 2020: UK citizens' assembly wants 'fair' path to 2050 net-zero emissions goal