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How to Crisis-Proof Climate Action

Climate laws keep nations focused on emissions during crises, says Bryony Worthington. Listen to Episode 1 of Zero, a new podcast from Bloomberg Green.

Bryony Worthington, a member of the UK House of Lords and an author of the Climate Change Act, features as a guest on Bloomberg Green’s new podcast Zero.

Bryony Worthington, a member of the UK House of Lords and an author of the Climate Change Act, features as a guest on Bloomberg Green’s new podcast Zero.

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

The new UK government is unlikely to scrap climate goals even as it panders to a climate-skeptic wing within the Conservative party, says Bryony Worthington, a member of the House of Lords.

The UK is legally bound to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and must hit interim emission goals as set out by the Climate Change Act of 2008. When enacted, the law passed with only three members of parliament voting against it and 463 in favor. Since then, the act has survived and even been strengthened in the face of the financial crisis, Brexit, and the pandemic-led recession. But soaring energy bills and inflation present a real risk to those climate goals today: Prime Minister Liz Truss, who began her premiership last week, included a review of the UK’s net-zero goal in her first few actions.