The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today issued a report for Government recommending a new emissions target for the UK: net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050.
The reports key findings are that:
The main argument of the CCC is that a net-zero GHG target for 2050 is achievable with existing technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives, and within the expected economic cost that is already outlined in the Climate Change Act. This means that clear, stable and well-designed policies are urgently requirement by the UK Government to reduce emissions further across the economy as the current policy is insufficient for meeting even the existing targets.
The CCC’s report follows several weeks of high-profile activity on climate change issues from Extinction Rebellion protestors and school students regularly taking to the streets to demand action to MPs debating in Parliament about whether the UK should officially declare a climate emergency, heightening the public consciousness of the threat posed by climate change.
Leading businesses have frequently engaged with Government on climate change issues and for companies addressing the impacts of climate change and responding to the risks and opportunities, this report will be welcome.
It is now up to the Government to respond with a robust and efficient plan to set these recommendations in motion.
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