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|Passing the net zero test: how to achieve policy coherence on climate change||427.12 KB|
This report highlights a series of decisions where ministers seem to have undermined their own climate objectives, including on the Cumbria coal mine, roadbuilding, cutting air passenger duty on domestic flights, and boosting UK oil and gas production.
The authors argue that the UK government needs to tackle incoherent policy-making if it is to meet its net zero target.
Several organisations have called for a 'net zero test' to ensure ministerial decisions are compatible with the long-term climate commitment. But this report, which examines the experience of using policy tests in other areas like equality, argues that while such a test could be helpful it would not be sufficient to prevent ministers rationalising away decisions that seem to undermine wider government objectives.
The report also calls on the government to: