Theresa May announces legislation for zero emissions by 2050

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2019

This legislation will mean that the United Kingdom is on track to become the first G7 country to legislate for net zero emissions, with other major economies expected to follow suit.

The statutory instrument to introduce the target comes in an amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008, laid in Parliament on Wednesday.

LONDON-Greenhouse gas emissions in the United Kingdom will be cut to nearly zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. This will be checked within five years to confirm that the UK's move has prompted ambitious climate action by other countries and to also ensure that the UK's industries do not face unfair competition. Young people have been very vocal in demanding change - now a group will take part in a government review Laurence Tubiana, an architect of the crucial Paris climate agreement, told the BBC: "This is a historic commitment that will reverberate right around the world".

"Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children", she said. "We must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth".

The head of global policy at Christian Aid, Dr Alison Doig, said: "The Climate Change Committee advised the Government not to include any worldwide offsets in their net-zero calculations; so it's disappointing to see the Government keeping this option open".

While the United Kingdom has significantly reduced emissions in the power sector through the increase of renewable energy and shutting down of coal-fired plants, other sectors such as transport, heating, housing, and industry have proven much more hard to decarbonise.

Through the modern Industrial Strategy Britain is investing in clean growth to ensure that the country reaps the rewards of low carbon technologies, creating two million high quality jobs by 2030. Low carbon technology and clean energy contribute £44.5 billion to our economy every year. The government also intends to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans through through its Road to Zero Strategy, and protect biodiversity and promote sustainability through its 25 Year Environment Plan.

Businesses, academics and people across society have endorsed the advice from the Committee on Climate Change.

"Climate leadership can drive United Kingdom competitiveness and secure long-term prosperity". Doug Parr, Chief Scientist for Greenpeace UK, said: "This is a big moment for everyone in the climate movement and particularly to the youth climate strikers, who rightly should advise on future climate and environmental policy". Fiddling the figures would put a huge dent in our ability to avoid catastrophic climate change - and the Government's credibility for taking this issue seriously. "While the pathway remains unclear, it is vital that investment continues to flow into areas that have already had a material impact on the UK's decarbonisation". One of the greatest challenges to reducing Carbon dioxide emissions is how we heat our homes as some 37% of Carbon dioxide emissions in the United Kingdom are produced from heating.

"Tackling climate change is the ultimate goal and one engineers and technologists now and in the future can be inspired and motivated to achieve" Mr Robottom said. District heating or heat networks are vital to achieving the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. "If we get that balance right, then the United Kingdom chemical industry and its 140,000 skilled workers across the country can help accelerate the delivery of green solutions, benefitting society and the environment". "This target presents an opportunity to develop a world-leading green economy, upskill the current workforce and prepare the next generation to step up to this challenge".

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