UK commits to Zero Net Carbon emissions by 2050

George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth & Hayle, has today welcomed news that the UK has adopted a new legally binding net zero emissions target by 2050. 

As the first major economy to do so, the UK is reaffirming its commitment to tackle climate change and ensure that we have an environment to pass onto our children and grandchildren. This will end our contribution to global warming by 2050 and can be the defining decision of this generation in fulfilling our responsibility to the next.

George said, "Through our Modern Industrial Strategy we are leading the world in the development, manufacture and use of low carbon technologies, creating thousands of new green jobs right across our economy. We are acting faster than almost every other major developed economy by ending the sale of conventional new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040 through our Road to Zero strategy.

We also secured more than half our electricity last year from low carbon sources and, just last month, we set a new record for the number of days we have gone without burning any coal. This is another step in the right direction and we must now go further to protect this planet which we all call home."

Laurence Tubiana, architect of the Paris climate agreement on our #NetZero commitment said, "This is a historic commitment that will reverberate right around the world … All eyes will now turn to the rest of the EU to match this pledge."