UK pledges zero emission by 2050

Ten Point Plan revealed prior to Climate summit

FILE PHOTO: A man demonstrates as Greenpeace stages a climate protest at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in Schiphol, Netherlands December 14, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo

“Today, we are taking the lead with an ambitious new target to reduce our emissions by 2030, faster than any major economy, with our Ten Point Plan helping us on our path to reach it’ said Prime Minister Boris Johnson while announcing UK’s new ambitious emissions reduction target for the UK.

The announcement comes ahead of the UK co-hosting the Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday 12 December, which will coincide with the fifth anniversary of the historic Paris Agreement. The summit calls on countries around the world to submit ambitious National Determined Contributions (NDCs) or other climate plans as we head towards the UN COP26 climate talks, which the UK Government is hosting in Glasgow next year.

The British Prime Minister pledged to reduce the emissions by at least 68% by 2030, when compared to 1990 levels. The final aim is to reach zero emissions by 2050.

This new target meets the recommendation of experts at the independent Climate Change Committee who advise the government on emissions targets.

The path to meet the ambitious target are laid out in Boris Johnsons Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution.

The plan which envisions that the strategy will create and support up to 250,000 jobs by 2030. However, these results require private investment of over £40 billion.