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U.K. Heat Strategy Pushed to September as Climate Pressure Grows

  • Kwarteng says ‘net zero’ target is challenging but achievable
  • Business secretary in talks with Treasury about carbon tax
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Scientists Reach ‘Unequivocal’ Consensus on Climate Change

The U.K.’s long-promised strategy for reducing carbon emissions from heating drafty homes will be published next month, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said, as the government gears up to host a key climate change summit in the fall.

During a media round on Monday, Kwarteng suggested the so-called heat and buildings strategy may include a plan for phasing out gas boilers. He also said he’s in talks with the Treasury about the possibility of a carbon tax to make polluters pay for their emissions, as well as incentives for homeowners to make their buildings more energy efficient.