Theresa May announces legislation for zero emissions by 2050
Theresa May announces legislation for zero emissions by 2050
Global carbon emissions rose at the fastest rate in seven years: report
14 June, 2019, 20:29
Having recommended the government to legislate for such a target - with the crucial requirement that the target is taken seriously and met with sufficient policy action - Lord Deben, chairman at the Committee on Climate Change, said the committee was delighted the government had agreed to put the target to a parliamentary vote.
"Standing by is not an option", she added.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced today a net zero emissions target for 2050, becoming the first G7 country to legislate such a goal.
But it was "imperative" other countries follow suit, so there will be a review within five years to ensure other nations are taking similarly ambitious action, and that British industries are not facing unfair competition. According to the CCC, extensive electrification, particularly of transport and heating, and a more ambitious offshore wind capacity goal of 75 GW by 2050 would be important pieces of the net-zero puzzle. We have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions.
Britain is to become the first major economy to adopt laws that require no fossil-fuel emissions by 2050 to fight climate change.
However the government has moved to confirm that a review will be conducted within five years of the target being set to confirm that other nations are taking similarly ambitious actions in a bid to ensure United Kingdom industries do not face "unfair competition".
The UK is already a centre for clean growth and innovation. The radical move recommended by the government's climate-change adviser has won backing from across the political spectrum even as debate about leaving the European Union roiled United Kingdom lawmakers.
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The committee published its recommendations for the government in May this year, suggesting the country introduces a ban on new petrol and diesel cars sales from 2035.
The review also found that global energy demand grew by 2.8 percent, with the United States recording the biggest increase of any country. We must accelerate action in all areas including improving the efficiency of our aging building stock, and overcoming the challenge of decarbonising heat.
"Climate leadership can drive United Kingdom competitiveness and secure long-term prosperity". "Governments and policymakers will need to work closely with industry to ensure emissions are not simply exported elsewhere whilst domestic manufacturing is rendered uncompetitive".
The announcement today makes it clear that using worldwide carbon credits in support of the 2050 goal would be one piece of the puzzle, while "it will be for future governments to determine the precise direction of future climate policy".
"Some sectors will need clear pathways to enable investment in low-carbon technologies, and it is vital that there is cross-government coordination on the policies and regulation needed to deliver a clean future", she said.
"Using global credits within an appropriate monitoring, reporting and verification framework is the right thing to do for the planet, allowing the United Kingdom to maximise the value of each pound spent on climate change mitigation", it said. "The Institution of Engineering and Technology is fully committed to these goals and will do everything it can to assist government, industry and the profession to understand these challenges and work together to progress and implement the solutions to make the United Kingdom carbon free by 2050".
We will continue to work with our global partners to tackle climate change, including through our bid to host COP26.
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