UK targets 2050 for net zero emissions after law passed

The UK has become the first major economy in the world to commit to a legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050.

On 27 June, laws were passed to ensure that the country ends its contribution to global warming by 2050 – adopting the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation of a net zero target by that date. The previous target had been a reduction of at least 80% from 1990 levels. 

Commenting on the new target, Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Chris Skidmore, said: “We’re pioneering the way for other countries to follow in our footsteps driving prosperity by seizing the economic opportunities of becoming a greener economy.”