United Kingdom announces commitment to end global warming contributions

Mindy Sparks
June 14, 2019

Agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act 2008, the United Kingdom government was to reduce emissions by 80%, but the new plan will follow tougher amendments.

The government has today announced legally binding plans to cut United Kingdom carbon emissions to zero by the year 2050.

For the first time, young people will have the chance to shape future United Kingdom climate policy through the Youth Steering Group, set up by DCMS and led by the British Youth Council, which will advise Government on priorities for environmental action and give a view on progress to date against existing commitments on climate, waste and recycling, and biodiversity loss.

The Prime Minister, said: "As the first country to legislate for long-term climate targets, we can be truly proud of our record in tackling climate change. We know that investing in zero carbon solutions is good for growth - boosting jobs and the economy - and it is cheaper for business, organisations and government to tackle climate change now than to manage its impacts in the future". "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", May said.

"Standing by is not an option". 'This is an ambitious target but it's one that is crucial for us to achieve and it will take us working across the whole breadth of society to do that, ' she said.

The Government's expert advisory Committee on Climate Change set out in a recent report the need for changes in how homes are heated, transport and what people eat in order to meet the new goal.

"Our report concluded that Net Zero is necessary, feasible and cost effective".

People could see widespread changes in their daily lives as the United Kingdom moves to cut climate emissions to zero over the next three decades.

However Lord Deben was again quick to stress the CCC's view that legislating for a net zero target was "just a first step".

The move was welcomed by environmental campaigners, but they cautioned the government had left some room for maneuver in its plans, especially by allowing a mechanism for projects overseas to count toward Britain's target.


Millions more households must switch to low carbon heat before 2030 if the United Kingdom is to go net zero by 2050. "We will assist by providing further analysis of how emissions reductions can be delivered in these sectors through domestic and global frameworks", he said.

The UK already has a 2050 target - to reduce emissions by 80%.

Mr Robottom added that progress has been made in transport and electricity but this needs to continue at a great pace and significant challenges remain in decarbonising heat and industry.

The tougher climate commitment has been widely praised by environmental groups - although Greenpeace has said that "trying to shift the burden to developing nations through International Carbon Credits undermines that commitment". "Public support for net zero is key, and so we must have the tools to deliver for them".

The Prime Minister has today announced that the United Kingdom will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050.

"While the loopholes being woven into the legislation by the Treasury will need to be unpicked, and the date moved forward, this decision fires the starting gun for a fundamental transformation of our economy", the group's chief United Kingdom scientist Doug Parr said.

Tom Fyans, deputy chief executive at CPRE, said: 'The longer we leave it to take action on climate breakdown, the more hard and expensive that task will then become'.

"But it is disappointing that the government has ignored its climate advisors recommendation to exclude carbon offsets - as well as caving into Treasury pressure to review the target in five years' time".

"Labour declared an environment and climate emergency and will put climate obligations at the heart of our programme in Government".

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