On the 20th September, Rishi Sunak delayed both the scrapping of gas boilers (planned for 2026) and the sale of cars running on petrol (planned for 2030) to 2035 . Alongside this, he has discarded a planned regulation making landlords have to improve energy efficiency on their rented properties. This announcement has left many people thinking the same thing; will the government ever stick to their promises?
While this is a relief to some- especially those who simply cannot afford to make these drastic changes- we have to consider if this was really the Prime Ministers intentions. Has he finally decided to look out for these people during the cost of living crisis? Unfortunately, it’s unlikely. On the surface it appears that households will be saving money, but it is estimated that almost an extra 8 billion pounds will be spent across British Households by 2033. That’s an extra £800,000 a year. Considering people on low income is necessary when making the shift towards net zero, however he isn’t achieving this anyway. It’s a lose- lose situation.
In his speech, Rishi Sunak said ”You don’t reach net zero simply by wishing it” (I think I’ve found something we can agree on!) and I hope he decides to do something other than ”wishing it” – and soon.