Net-zero by 2050: 15 things you need to know

Theresa May has committed to slashing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 after the Committee on Climate Change's report deemed it “necessary, feasible and cost-effective”. Here are 15 things you need to know about the committee's recommendations.

1 The government committed to net-zero today after the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said it should ‘legislate as soon as possible’ for a net-zero greenhouse gas target

The CCC wants the target to be legislated for as a 100% reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 2050 from 1990 levels and should cover all sectors of the economy, including international aviation and shipping, something the government has so far excluded. The committee recommended setting a net-zero GHG target rather than a CO2 target. Hitting the target by 2050 would be in line with the UK’s commitment under the Paris Agreement, it says.

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