The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has recommended that the UK government puts in place a target for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

This means taking steps to reduce emissions in the first instance and then off-setting any that remain, in order to deliver the net effect of zero emissions.The target would supersede the Climate Change Act 2008 that legislated for a 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 based on 1990 levels.

It’s actually a more ambitious target than its predecessor and will require an even greater co-ordination of effort from government, industry and the public, if it’s to be realised. It’s important to recognise that at this stage the target is merely a CCC recommend.

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