Resignation of the British government's climate change advisor – DW – 01/11/2024

The head of Britain's main body on climate change, Chris Stark, resigned on Thursday (11/01/2024), the Palestinian news agency reported.

Stark, who took up the role of chair of the Independent Committee on Climate Change in 2018, criticized the Prime Minister's environmental policies, Rishi SunakNoting that it conflicts with the United Kingdom's commitment to achieving zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“It has been an honor to lead the Climate Change Committee during this important period,” he said in a statement, without specifying the reason for his resignation.

In September, Stark cast doubt on Britain's ability to cut emissions after Sunak decided to delay and cancel several measures, including postponing a plan to ban the sale of combustion vehicles for five years.

Reducing emissions from fossil fuels

Environmentalists and zero-emissions campaigners, including within Sunak's party, have strongly criticized the move.

Stark's resignation comes after Conservative MP and former Energy Minister Chris Skidmore announced his resignation last week due to his opposition to the development of oil and gas fields in the North Sea.

United kingdom In 2019, it became the first major economy to adopt a goal of reducing fossil fuel emissions to net zero by 2050.

Under Stark, the commission recommended making all cars and vans electric by 2035, and quadrupling low-carbon electricity production.

Stark's last day in office will be April 26. Economist James Richardson will later take over his duties on an interim basis, according to the PA.

mg (AFP, Financial Times)

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