United Kingdom must cut greenhouse gases to zero by 2050, warn Government advisers

Pablo Tucker
May 5, 2019

The report says the recommended United Kingdom target of "zero net emissions" by 2050 can be done and the costs are "manageable" - while the action would spur other developed economies to follow our example, according to the committee's 600 page report into what the country can and should be doing to tackle global warming.

A report from the Committee on Climate Change said whether restrict the impact of climate change and also it wants to become a pioneer in the struggle against global warming, that the government must adopt goals.

Commenting on today's report, he said: "We can all see that the climate is changing and it needs a serious response".

As more greenhouse gases lead to more warming, stabilising the planet's temperature at any level will require global emissions to fall to zero overall.

Sam Fankhauser, director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said Britain was not now even on track to meet its carbon budget goals for the late 2020s and early 2030s.


United Kingdom farming needs "deep and radical changes", to combat climate change according to the Soil Association's head of policy, following the release of a landmark climate change report.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy wrote to the committee previous year asking for advice on achieving its Clean Growth Strategy, including whether it should set a deadline for reducing emissions to net zero. "This can then be phased in over a number of years, delivering the carbon reductions we need to make without any major disruption to peoples' lives".

Diesel and petrol vehicles: Will need to be replaced by electric. "At this time in our nation's history, we should embrace this opportunity to lead in the low-carbon industries of the future".

"We strongly support the view of the Committee that the solution to net zero greenhouse gases by 2050 lies in the mass deployment of renewable technologies supported by robust, long-term and investible policies".

It would be in line with commitments to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels under the worldwide Paris Agreement and will provide leadership for other countries on tackling climate change.


"Reducing agricultural emissions in Scotland will be fundamentally challenging to businesses but need not be at the expense of producing food, cutting livestock numbers or exporting our emissions by relying on food imports".

"Since the 80 per cent reduction target was set, renewables have continuously surpassed expectations technically and financially and this is reflected in the CCC's recommendations".

"A policy gap, however, now exists to bring forward new power generation technologies in the 2020's". In transport, more can be done to decarbonise the fuel mix, facilitate electric vehicle deployment, and ensure strategic charging infrastructure is delivered.

"I have been consistently clear that our targets must be ambitious, credible and responsible".

Gas boilers: These will be replaced by electric boilers and heat pumps.


It means cutting emissions to as close to zero as possible and using methods to take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere to "offset" the remaining pollution - for example, by planting trees which absorb carbon dioxide.

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