UK commits to net zero emissions by 2050
In what appears to be Theresa May’s final legacy as Prime Minster she has enshrined in law a commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. This makes Britain the first member of the G7 group of industrialised nations to set this challenging goal.
The previous commitment made within the 2008 Climate Change Act was for an 80% reduction by 2050, but this final push is setting the bar much lower.
The majority of environmental groups welcome the new goal, but is waiting to see the detail of how it is to be achieved, with some critical of the ability to buy carbon credits, and others stating that it will be too late.
It is worth noting that some other countries have gone for dates before 2050, such as Finland (2035) and Norway (2030), though the latter allows the buying of carbon offsets.
Theresa May stated:
“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. 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.”
Stuart Fairlie, Technical & Operations Director at Elmhurst commented: “We at Elmhurst welcome the ambition and the new target. The Clean Growth Strategy and all consultations since have all alluded to action required in terms of making our buildings more energy efficient. We are however still waiting for any real new policies and regulations within the built environment. With clear pathways comes the ability for investment by all in the clean technologies that we need to meet our obligations.”
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