Committee on Climate Change Recommends Net Zero Emissions for UK by 2050

The Committee on Climate Change is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Its purpose is to advise the UK government and devolved administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.

In a report issued today (Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming) the Committee on Climate change recommends setting an ambitious new target for the UK to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

The publicity released in support of the report says:

“The key findings are that:

  • The Committee on Climate Change recommends a new emissions target for the UK: net-zero greenhouse gasses by 2050.
  • In Scotland, we recommend a net-zero date of 2045, reflecting Scotland’s greater relative capacity to remove emissions than the UK as a whole.
  • In Wales, we recommend a 95% reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2050.

A net-zero GHG target for 2050 will deliver on the commitment that the UK made by signing the Paris Agreement. It is achievable with known technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives and within the economic cost that Parliament accepted when it legislated the existing 2050 target for an 80% reduction from 1990.

However, this is only possible if clear, stable and well-designed policies to reduce emissions further are introduced across the economy without delay. Current policy is insufficient for even the existing targets.”

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