BREAKING: Days before leaving office, Theresa May moves to secure climate legacy by amending legislation to deliver historic and world-leading net zero emissions target
In one of her final acts as British Prime Minister, Theresa May will tomorrow move to enshrine a net zero emissions target into UK law, setting a goal to effectively end the world’s first industrialised nation’s contribution to global warming by 2050.
Number 10 confirmed tonight that legislation is to be laid before Parliament tomorrow morning to amend the UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act and raise the current target to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 to a net zero emissions goal.
The change would make the UK the first major global economy to set a net zero emissions target in law, a move the government hopes would secure the UK’s position as a global leader in the fight against climate change and encourage other leading economies to follow suit.
The move follows a landmark report last month from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which concluded a net zero target was technically feasible, in line with the Paris Agreement, and could be achieved at a cost of around one to two per cent of GDP in 2050, before co-benefits are considered.
“This country led the world in innovation during the Industrial Revolution, and now we must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth,” May said in a statement announcing the decision. “Standing by is not an option. Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but it