Shift UK subsidies from fossil fuels to the zero carbon economy

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In a climate emergency, the UK Government is spending billions of pounds each year propping up the fossil fuel industry at home and overseas. This is driving up carbon emissions. We demand that the UK Government tells the truth about its fossil fuel subsidies and shifts taxpayers’ money from fossil fuels and industrial-scale bioenergy (from land-use change) into energy efficiency, non-emissive renewable energy, public transport and nature restoration. The UK Government also needs to show leadership in COP 26 and other international meetings to advocate and support urgent international action to be taken to end fossil fuel subsidies.

For full details, please read our twelve point Declaration https://shiftoursubsidies.org/our-declaration/

Please support our five demands to the UK Government

1.     Tell the truth about the UK Government's fossil fuel subsidies at home and overseas.

 

2.     Publish specific, measurable and timed plans for an urgent phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies (and subsidies for industrial-scale bioenergy) and transfers of finance to subsidies for the zero-carbon economy.

 

3.     Introduce an independent carbon tax with dividends in the UK.  This carbon tax with dividends must be framed to prevent the climate and environmental impacts of bioenergy, too.

 

4.     Protect workers, communities and consumers by ensuring that the UK Government’s reform of fossil fuel finance takes place only as part of a just transition.  This fossil fuel finance reform must take place in tandem with the urgent roll-out of the zero-carbon economy. To deliver this zero-carbon economy, energy efficiency, non-emissive renewable energy, public transport and nature restoration must be financed from a range of sources including subsidy shifts.

 

5.     Show leadership in international meetings and negotiations with other countries to promote transparency and advocate and support the urgent introduction of subsidy shifts and a carbon tax with dividends (framed to prevent the climate and environmental impacts of bioenergy) in other countries as part of a just transition.

The presentation of this petition will take place in the 30 days before the opening of the COP 26 climate talks (currently scheduled for Glasgow in November 2020 but this could, potentially be postponed due to the COVID 19 crisis).