The prime minister has not taken the summit seriously enough or been “candid” enough with the British public about the scale of action needed to tackle the climate crisis, the opposition party claims.
In a speech on Wednesday, the Labor Party’s shadow business secretary Ed Miliband will say the UK and other nations are “miles away” from where they need to be before next month’s UN conference in Glasgow.
And in a barrage to Johnson’s vacation in the run-up to the talks, he will say: “It is time for the Prime Minister to get off his deck, be a statesman and make Glasgow the success we need.”
The senior Labor MP will also criticize the Johnson government for not doing enough to help industry adjust to Britain’s energy crisis.
“The ministers are facing each other when they should look outside to engage with the industry and act by intervening,” he will say. “We cannot sit back and watch entire British industries crash through the wall.”
The former Labor leader, who was at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009 as climate change secretary – will say that the Johnson administration has not adequately established what COP26 should accomplish.
World leaders are under pressure to take action to meet the Paris agreement targets of keeping global temperature increases below 2 ° C above pre-industrial levels and trying to keep them at 1.5 ° C, beyond of which the worst impacts of climate change will be felt.
Miliband will say that we need to reduce emissions by 12 billion tons a year by 2030 to meet the 2C target and 28 billion tons to achieve the 1.5C target. But based on the current promises made, there will only be a maximum reduction of four billion tons by 2030, he warned.
“We need to be honest about the truth of where we are just fifteen days before the start of Cop26. We are miles from where we need to be, ”the Labor leader said at an event organized by think tank Green Alliance on Wednesday.
“We cannot allow Cop26 to be the greenwashing summit … Above all, finally, at the 11th hour, the prime minister must treat this summit with the seriousness it deserves.”
Miliband will signal a UK trade deal with Australia, which does not include the Paris temperature commitments, and the potential new coal mine in Cumbria just as the UK government is pressuring other nations to end their dependence on the Coal.
He will also criticize the Johnson administration for cutting its aid budget at a time when trust between developed and developing countries is key. “The government has been, at best, a bystander and, at worst, a contributor to global inaction,” he will argue.
Meanwhile, the Green Party is calling on the government to commit to a binding carbon tax at Cop26, describing it as one of the “biggest levers” to drive change in society.
The Greens propose that the tax should start at £ 100 per tonne for each carbon dioxide released, increasing to £ 500 per tonne by 2030. The party claimed that the tax yield would provide a ‘dividend’, preventing poorer Britons from be affected by higher costs. .
The demands for action come after Cop26 President Alok Sharma said that promises made by the G20 countries in Glasgow will be “decisive or broken” to maintain the goal of limiting global temperature increases to 1, 5 ° C within reach.
Sharma has said the summit must have a negotiated outcome that drives greater ambition through 2030 and deliver $ 100 billion a year long promised in funding to the poorest countries.
In a speech in Paris on Tuesday, less than three weeks before Cop26, Sharma warned leaders of major economies like China: “I’m telling those G20 leaders that they just have to get ahead of Cop26.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to use Wednesday’s meeting of G7 finance ministers in Washington to call on advanced economies to take steps to cut carbon emissions.
Mr. Sunak will also urge the G7 countries to increase their support for vulnerable countries. But the chancellor has faced strong criticism for seeking to save billions of pounds by “recycling” money from an International Monetary Fund (IMF) windfall as UK aid spending.