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UK government should adopt net zero recommendations, set standard for others to match


Committee on Climate Change urges government to adopt ambitious new target to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

Government should quickly endorse Committee on Climate Change recommendations, setting standard for other countries to match.


Today, the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommended a clear and ambitious net zero target more than ten years after the Climate Change Act came into law. If the UK government adopts a net zero target by 2050 and starts enforcing tight control on carbon offsets it will set a standard for other countries around the world to match. Government adoption of the target is just the beginning of climate action. New priorities must be set in the upcoming Spending Review, shifting money from new roads to more climate friendly projects such as energy efficiency and renewable energy.


Nick Mabey, Chief Executive of E3G said:

“The Committee on Climate Change has recommended a clear, inclusive and ambitious net zero target for the UK which sets the standard for other countries to match. The government should adopt it immediately to send a strong diplomatic signal on the need for global action.”

“Agreeing a net zero goal is only the beginning. New priorities must be seen in the autumn Spending Review shifting money from new roads to clean energy, warm houses, nature restoration and protecting people from extreme weather.”


Notes to Editors

  1. E3G is an independent climate change think tank operating to accelerate the global transition to a zero-carbon economy. E3G specialises in climate diplomacy, climate risk, energy policy and climate finance.
  2. In 2018, E3G was ranked the fifth most globally influential environmental think tank, for the third year running by the Global Go To Think Tank Index.


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