Theresa May announces net zero emissions goal for 2050

Global carbon emissions grew by 2.0 per cent last year the highest rate since 2010-2011 a closely-watched review by energy giant BP said on Tuesday calling the trend “unsustainable”. — AFP  File

Global carbon emissions grew by 2.0 per cent last year the highest rate since 2010-2011 a closely-watched review by energy giant BP said on Tuesday calling the trend “unsustainable”. — AFP File

The target is based on recommendations by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which in a recent report said a net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) target by 2050 could be achieved with known technologies and at an acceptable cost if existing policies were strengthened immediately. "Christians and people of all faiths have long called for action on climate change to both preserve the natural world on which we all rely, and to protect God's creation for generations to come". According to reports, the plan will cut greenhouse gas emissions to nearly zero by 2050.

The 2050 net zero target was recommended by the Committee on Climate Change, however the Government has rejected its advice not to use worldwide carbon credits.

The Government also announced that the Youth Steering Group, set up by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the British Youth Council, will start a review of the UK's climate policy in July and be able to give their views to the Government and advise on action.

"Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children". The report of the government's advisory committee on climate change recommended a net zero target in May.

"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", said May.

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. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) report "Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Survey", businesses active in the low carbon and renewable energy economy generated £44.5 billion in turnover in 2017, employing an estimated 209,500 full-time equivalent employees. 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. We are ending the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans through our world-leading Road to Zero Strategy, and protecting biodiversity and promoting sustainability through our 25 Year Environment Plan. Hence it would be ideal for Britain to take the lead. We must accelerate action in all areas including improving the efficiency of our aging building stock, and overcoming the challenge of decarbonising heat. "Governments and policymakers will need to work closely with industry to ensure emissions are not simply exported elsewhere whilst domestic manufacturing is rendered uncompetitive". "There is no time to lose, now is the time to act". District heating or heat networks are vital to achieving the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This legislation is the right response to the global climate crisis, and firms are ready to play their part in combating it. Climate leadership can drive United Kingdom competitiveness and secure long-term prosperity but the legislation must be followed by a commitment to long-term policies that support decarbonisation across the economy. This legislation must be followed by a commitment to long-term policies that support decarbonisation across the economy. The chair of Green Christian, Paul Bodenham, said that the United Kingdom should be aiming to reach net zero within six years: "If the United Kingdom is serious about global leadership, we must acknowledge the debt our country owes to poorer nations and to the young and unborn".

We will continue to work with our worldwide partners to tackle climate change, including through our bid to host COP26.

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