Delivering on Environmental Commitments

We will soon have a new Prime Minister, but I would like to pay tribute to our current Prime Minister Theresa May, whom I feel has done a good job in very difficult circumstances over the last three years, with what I regard as a dysfunctional parliament.  Her strong sense of public service has been exceptional, and I believe she is widely respected for this across the political divide.  While not being able to implement the EU referendum result on time will probably always be associated with her premiership, I believe that history will be more kind and one thing in particular will also be remembered.

I believe that Theresa May’s government has been the greenest and most environmentally friendly government that we’ve ever had.  On reducing waste, single use plastics, and microbeads, this government really has led the way.  When it comes to reducing CO2 emissions and limiting man-made global warming, this government is literally leading the world by example.

In percentage terms, the UK’s reduction in CO2 emissions is the largest in the world, and in actual volume, the UK has seen the second largest global reduction, second only to the USA which is of course a much larger country.             

This Conservative government has committed that greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050.  This is an ambitious extension of the previous 2050 target that was to reduce emissions by 80% that was agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act in 2008.  We are first major industrialised nation to do so and the onus is now on other countries to follow our lead.

I’d like to quote the words of Theresa May who summed it up perfectly when she said, "There is a moral duty to leave this world in a better condition than what we inherited.  We have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions.  Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children. We must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth".

 

Councillor Duncan Crow, Leader of Crawley Borough Council Conservative Group

10th July 2019