Rishi on collision course with Boris – Fury as Sunak fails to push through PMs plans

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The Prime Minister has made combatting global warming a key issue of his premiership. With Britain hosting the UN COP26 climate change summit later this year, Mr Johnson is eager for the UK to lead the way in shifting towards sustainability.

However, the Treasury is coming under pressure for failing to set out its funding plan to help the country shift to Net-Zero carbon emissions.

The Government has committed that by 2050 the UK will be carbon neutral.

Mr Johnson has said funding is central to the green agenda.

He said earlier this week cash is one of the “big commitments to change in four specific areas”.

Listing the aims, he said: “Coal – we want the developed world to kick the coal habit entirely by 2030 and the developing world by 2040.

“Cars – we want the world to follow the UK lead and abandon fossil fuel internal combustion engine machines.

“Cash – we want the richest nations which have historically produced so much of the world’s carbon to recommit to supporting the rest of the planet to go green with funds of $100bn a year.

“Trees – we want COP26 to commit to restoring nature and habitat and ending the massacre of the forests because trees are among our best natural defences against climate change.”

Government ministers have complained Mr Sunak’s department are failing to sign off on plans to help reach the Net-Zero goal.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng complained publicly on Monday crucial documents including the heat and buildings strategy, which propose a timescale for the replacement of gas boilers, have not been published due to a lack of Treasury approval.

The Government had promised the documents would be made public in March.

Mr Kwarteng told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday he was “very keen to see it published because I think that will set out a number of options”.

He added: “There is a transition and that’s something that we’re focused on and we want to try and help people make that transition.

“We’ve got a Heat and Buildings Strategy that is going to come out very soon.”

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A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “We have previously consulted on plans for a Clean Heat Grant scheme to support consumers make the transition to low carbon heating.

“Further detail on scheme design will be published in due course.”

Opposition MPs have also accused Mr Sunak of not giving the necessary funding to match Mr Johnson’s ambitions.

“The blockage on money is at the root of all of this. Even when the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy does produce policies, they go to the Treasury and they just get a big black hole and you never hear any more about them,” Darren Jones, the Labour MP who chairs the Commons business, energy and industrial strategy committee, told The i.

The Treasury has defended its commitment to Mr Johnson’s green agenda in light of the criticisms.

A Treasury source said: “The Government has mobilised £12billion of taxpayers’ money in the last 18 months on green priorities.

“The transition to Net-Zero is an absolute priority for this Government.

“The UK is also a world leader in green finance, with the Chancellor publishing the UK’s debut sovereign green bond and a world-first green savings bond earlier this year.”

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