Gove calls for ‘achievable’ net-zero emissions goal

Environment secretary Michael Gove has said he supports climate activists’ call to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero, but added that questions remain over when that goal can be achieved

Following a meeting with representatives of Extinction Rebellion, the campaign group that in recent weeks occupied major thoroughfares in central London, Gove partially endorsed demands for the government to set a net-zero target and better communicate the urgency of climate change.

Extinction Rebellion has called for the government to cut emissions to zero by 2025.

Gove told the BBC: “The need to reduce emissions to zero I think is right… the key question is timescale. What is achievable.”

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