Net zero: ‘Industries should not be waiting until 2020 to act’

Yesterday’s report from the Committee on Climate Change has, somewhat expectedly, recommended that the achievement of net zero carbon by 2050 is a necessary target if we are to minimise global warming levels.

It has also strongly called for the UK government to set this new target without delay, and to utilise public policy and incentivisation as their strongest means of achieving this goal.

As Lord Deben, the chairman of the CCC, explains, not only is achieving net zero vital, but it is also perfectly feasible and cost-effective – if it is handled correctly. The first key step towards achieving this target is to begin establishing the relevant legislation as soon as possible, as a clear and urgent ramping-up of policy is vital for change to occur. Not only will this provide businesses, local authorities and communities with clarity for the array of actions they will need to undertake, but it will also encourage investment in the new business models and infrastructure that will be required in order to drive down carbon emissions.

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