Lobby briefing: Ashok Sinha, director, Stop Climate

Ashok Sinha, director of Stop Climate, on the stalled progress of the Climate Change Bill.

What's your view on the downgrading of the Climate Change Bill? 

It will now be published as a draft bill and is unlikely to be passed in this session of Parliament. It can pick up the pace later on.

This is an opportunity for us to have an input and make sure the content of the bill meets the objectives we have. In the first instance, it should be grounded in what the scientists are telling us: that global warming must be no more than two degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels.

What is the impact of the bill's delay?

It's easy to be cynical, but I hope it's not a delaying tactic and that it's a genuine attempt to get it right.

The Government hasn't said when it hopes to get this on the statute book, but it has said it is of high political importance.

I am not surprised at this, because getting the content right is so important. We want the bill to commit to annualised reductions.

We need to establish annualised targets, which we can monitor to ensure accountability.

What will Stop Climate Chaos be doing in response?

Collectively, Stop Climate Chaos will be looking to build up I Count, an initiative that helps individuals reduce their emissions.

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