1703935220 Was 2023 a year of regression in climate policy Future

Was 2023 a year of regression in climate policy? Future

Policy hesitation

Britain and even Sweden, a climate pioneer, are reducing measures against global warming: in many countries, the motto is regression rather than progress


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak leaves the stage after giving a speech during a press conference on the net zero target, at the Downing Street Briefing Room in central London on September 20, 2023. The United Kingdom looked poised to backtrack on policies aimed at achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expected to dilute some of the government's green commitments. The move comes amid growing concern about the potential financial cost of government policies to achieve net zero carbon emissions by mid-century. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/POOL/AFP)


Even 2023 will not bring a turnaround in terms of CO2 emissions. According to a forecast by experts at the Global Carbon Budget, greenhouse gas emissions will reach a new maximum of 36.8 billion tons of CO2 in 2023. The prospects are therefore anything but encouraging. With current climate policy, the world would warm by around 2.7 degrees by 2100.

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