‘Investors need clarity and certainty. The government has shown a welcome recognition that coal makes no sense for climate, health or the economy but it hasn’t pointed clearly enough at clean energy as the alternative. This risks the country loitering around gas in the interim – when the evidence shows unequivocally that we cannot afford another fossil fuel decade.
‘The UK government must make sure it isn’t problem-shifting. Putting a sell-by date on coal is logical, but the UK must be bolder and the deadline should be sooner.
‘We’ve seen new mines proposed in Britain this year and our environment minister lobbying Europe behind the scenes to relax coal regulations. We need clearer action. The government pledged a net zero emissions target months ago, and it must drive unmistakably in that direction.’
Energy Transition lawyer, ClientEarth