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The new government announcement was made on its commitment to switch to a greener and more sustainable tomorrow. This includes EV, Nuclear, wind to name a few but the government seemed to be experiencing a “blind spot” on solar, which was “noticeably absent” from the plans, despite being the most cost-effective electricity generating technology for the foreseeable future according to the government’s own forecasts. It added that Johnson’s announcement was largely a repackaging of policies already announced and is calling on the government to pledge a target of 40GW of solar by 2030, triple today’s capacity, to support a green recovery and the transition to a net zero economy. lets remind ourselves of is previous commitments

In 2018, Theresa May's government announced a commitment to reach 12% forest cover in England by 2060, which would involve planting 5000 hectares a year. A hectare (1,000 and 2,500 trees) so at a midpoint, 5,000 hectares would be just under nine million trees. In the first year after the announcement, 1,420 hectares were planted. Trees currently cover about 10% of English land, far behind the EU average of 38%. The government says it wants to work with landowners to grow woodland cover, and highlights schemes like a £19m fund to encourage large-scale planting and grants of up to £6,800 per hectare to plant and protect trees

In 2000, the Labour government outlined plans to increase the use of renewable energy to power the UK's electricity grid, pledging to generate 10% of electricity from renewables by 2010. Renewable energy refers to energy sources such as wind and solar, which are not depleted when used and tend to generate power without causing pollution or emissions. When Labour left government in 2010, however, renewable energy sources generated enough power to fuel just 6.9% of the electricity grid, renewables - mainly wind, solar and biomass - contributed 26.2 terawatt-hours (TWh) out of a total of 382.1 TWh. However, the use of renewables did more than double over this period - it had only been 2.8% in 2000