MPs to examine impact of net zero goal on government operations

A cross-bench committee of backbench MPs will look into how the government should approach moving to net-zero emissions for its own operations, after it formally adopted a nationwide net-zero target for 2050.

Mary Creagh, the Labour MP who chairs the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), said it was “not enough for the government to talk the talk on net-zero emissions by 2050, it must walk the walk and lower its own emissions to tackle the climate emergency”. 

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The Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 (SI 2019/1056)

In force/
Current
Legislation
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales
Published
27 Jun 2019

Commentary

27/06/2019 Explanatory memorandum published alongside the Order.

Compliance Dates

27/06/2019 Comes into force

Characteristics

Subject

Energy/climate change

Source

OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

Affected Sectors

Cross-sector
ECM

The Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 (SI 2019/1056)

Document Status: In force/Current

Scope: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales

Commentary:

27/06/2019 Explanatory memorandum published alongside the Order.

Compliance:

27/06/2019 Comes into force

The EAC intends to examine how the government sets targets for its own operations, such as its fleet of vehicles, its waste footprint and water use, and measures its performance against them. 

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