UK Government legally binding target to end UK's contribution to climate change
The Environment Agency has welcomed the UK Government’s announcement to set a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The Prime Minister has set a legal target to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050. The Legislation laid in Parliament on the 12th June will amend the Climate Change Act 2008 and place the UK on the path to become the first major economy to set net zero emissions target in law.
The Committee on Climate Change has forecast significant benefits to public health, downstream savings to the NHS from better air quality and less noise pollution, as well as improved biodiversity.
This legislation will hopefully mean that the UK is on track to become the first G7 country to legislate for net zero emissions, with other major economies expected to follow suit. The UK Government has pledged to conduct another assessment in 5 years’ time to determine whether other leading economies have followed suit and ensure that the UK businesses are not facing unfair competition through significantly differing environmental targets.
Prime Minister Theresa May stated “As the first country to legislate for long-term climate targets, we can be truly proud of our record in tackling climate change. We have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions.
Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children. This country led the world in innovation during the Industrial Revolution, and now we must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth.”
The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark said “We want to continue our global leadership and that’s why we are introducing a legally binding net zero target to end the UK’s contribution to global warming entirely by 2050. The report we commissioned from the Committee on Climate Change makes clear that we have laid the foundations to achieve a net zero emissions economy, and that it is necessary and feasible.”
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