Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday insisted he was "not slowing down efforts" to tackle climate change, a day after softening green policies aimed at achieving net zero carbon emissions by mid-century.
Sunak told a news conference on Wednesday the UK was adopting a more "pragmatic" approach to meeting the net zero target.
The new strategy will include the pushing back of a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to 2035.
The prime minister also announced an easing of energy efficiency targets for rental properties and backtracked on plans to make homeowners replace gas boilers with heat pumps.
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