UK announces commitment to end global warming contributions
Theresa May has announced new legislation that says the UK will have ended its global warming contributions by 2050.
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the Government will amend the 2008 Climate Change Act – which commits the UK to reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 – to a more ambitious goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
The Prime Minister, said: “As the first country to legislate for long-term climate targets, we can be truly proud of our record in tackling climate change. We have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions.
“Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children. This country led the world in innovation during the Industrial Revolution, and now we must lead the world to a clear, greener form of growth.
“Standing by is not an option. Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but it is crucial that we achieve it to ensure we protect our planet for future generations.”
Jonathan Bray, Director of the Urban Transport Group Board, said: “The UK’s decision to legislate for net zero emissions is a watershed moment in our efforts to tackle the global climate crisis.
“Investing in the right transport policies is absolutely key to decarbonising our city regions and achieving this net zero goal. The Government’s Spending Review offers an immediate opportunity to set a course for the net zero transition. In particular, we need a shift from stop-start funding for urban transport to long term stable funding which enables us to put the longer term plans in place which are needed for decarbonisation.
“We also need a new funding deal for a bus sector which has been in long term decline. The bus is the main form of public transport in urban areas and getting more people onto buses in cities has to be a key element of any credible net zero plan.”