UK to commit to ambitious 2050 target
Outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her country will ‘eradicate its net contribution’ to climate change by 2050.
In an announcement earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced an amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008 that will see the UK base its transition to a near net-zero carbon economy on expert advice from the independent Committee on Climate Change.
In its report, the Committee on Climate Change forecast significant benefits to public health and savings to the National Health Service from better air quality and less noise pollution, as well as improved biodiversity.
“Standing by is not an option. Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but it is crucial that we achieve it to ensure we protect our planet for future generations,” Mrs May said in a statement.
This legislation will 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.