MPs approve ‘catalytic’ net-zero law as climate advisers highlight stalling progress

MPs yesterday approved a government target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 in a move described as a “catalytic moment” for the UK even as it struggles to meet its existing climate goals.

Addressing parliament, acting energy minister Chris Skidmore said that legally committing to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050 was in line with global aspirations to limit warming to 1.5°C.

The government has already set binding carbon budgets to 2032, with the budget for 2037 to be set by June 2021 following a recommendation by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). 

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