Government to set target for net zero by 2050

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Prime Minister Theresa May announced on 12 July that the government will lay a statutory instrument later in the day to implement a target for the UK to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This will amend the Climate Change Act 2008, which is the basis for the current 80% reduction target by that date. The Prime Minister said this legislation will mean that the UK is on track to become the first G7 country to legislate for net zero emissions, though the French are currently passing similar legislation.

Climate Change Committee Chairman, Lord Deben, whose 2 May advice to the government recommended the move, said: “We are delighted that the government has agreed to put a 2050 net zero target for all greenhouse gases to a parliamentary vote. I look forward to the same cross-party consensus that we saw in 2008, when the Climate Change Act became law. He added: “Our report concluded that net zero is necessary, feasible and cost effective. This is a major commitment for the coming decades, but we have highlighted the significant benefits of action.”

The Scottish government has already announced it will adopt the proposed target for Scotland of net zero by 2045; and the Welsh government has just announced it too will accept the CCC’s advice, of a 95% reduction target for emissions in that country by 2050.

HMG press release        CCC response