Environmental services sector pledges net zero by 2050

Environmental professionals including the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), WSP and AECOM have pledged to support the delivery of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

In June, parliament approved an amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008, which aims to put the UK on course to deliver a near 100% cut in emissions by the middle of the century. 

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Climate Change Act 2008

In force/
Current
Legislation
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales
Published
01 May 2014

Commentary

28/04/2014 Amendments to Section 77 and Schedule 6 relating to charges for carrier bags, introduced by the Carrier Bags Act (Northern Ireland) 2014, published.
01/02/2017 Amending Act (Wales Act 2017) published., 27/06/2019 Amending Order (SI 2019/1056) published, setting net zero target for 2050.

Compliance Dates

31/05/2009 Secretary of State must set carbon budgets for 2008-2012, 2013-2017 and 2018-2022 (Section 4), 31/05/2009 Secretary of State to set limit on net amount of carbon units that may be credited to the net UK carbon account for the first budgetary period (Section 11), 31/05/2052 Secretary of State to lay before Parliament a report on the final figures for the net UK carbon account in 2050 (Section 20), 31/12/2012 Secretary of State to set out, by Regulations, the circumstances and extent that the international aviation and shipping emissions are to be included in the carbon budgets and targets, or report to Parliament the reason as to why no Regulations have , 30/09/2009 CCC to lay the first annual report before Parliament that assesses the progress towards meeting the carbon budgets and the 2050 target, the progress needed and whether the target and budgets are likely to be met (Section 36), 15/01/2010 Secretary of State to respond to the CCC progress report (Section 37), 26/11/2009 Secretary of State to present the first report to Parliament on the circumstances in which Directions are likely to be given (Section 65)
01/10/2009 Secretary of State to publish Guidance on the measurement or calculation of GHG emission (Section 80)
01/12/2010 Report reviewing the contribution of reporting of GHG emissions to the Government’s objectives to be laid before Parliament (Section 84)
06/04/2012 Secretary of State to make Regulations requiring directors to include information on GHG emissions in their company reports, or to explain why no Regulations have been made (Section 85), 26/11/2008 Part 1, 2 and 6 comes into force (Section 100)
01/01/2009 Section 82 comes into force, 26/01/2009 All provisions come into force, apart from Part 1, 2 and 6; and Sections 71(1), 81 and 82; and Schedule 5

Characteristics

Subject

Energy/climate change Sustainable development

Source

OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

Affected Sectors

Cross-sector
ECM

Climate Change Act 2008

Document Status: In force/Current

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

Commentary:

28/04/2014 Amendments to Section 77 and Schedule 6 relating to charges for carrier bags, introduced by the Carrier Bags Act (Northern Ireland) 2014, published.
01/02/2017 Amending Act (Wales Act 2017) published., 27/06/2019 Amending Order (SI 2019/1056) published, setting net zero target for 2050.

Compliance:

31/05/2009 Secretary of State must set carbon budgets for 2008-2012, 2013-2017 and 2018-2022 (Section 4), 31/05/2009 Secretary of State to set limit on net amount of carbon units that may be credited to the net UK carbon account for the first budgetary period (Section 11), 31/05/2052 Secretary of State to lay before Parliament a report on the final figures for the net UK carbon account in 2050 (Section 20), 31/12/2012 Secretary of State to set out, by Regulations, the circumstances and extent that the international aviation and shipping emissions are to be included in the carbon budgets and targets, or report to Parliament the reason as to why no Regulations have , 30/09/2009 CCC to lay the first annual report before Parliament that assesses the progress towards meeting the carbon budgets and the 2050 target, the progress needed and whether the target and budgets are likely to be met (Section 36), 15/01/2010 Secretary of State to respond to the CCC progress report (Section 37), 26/11/2009 Secretary of State to present the first report to Parliament on the circumstances in which Directions are likely to be given (Section 65)
01/10/2009 Secretary of State to publish Guidance on the measurement or calculation of GHG emission (Section 80)
01/12/2010 Report reviewing the contribution of reporting of GHG emissions to the Government’s objectives to be laid before Parliament (Section 84)
06/04/2012 Secretary of State to make Regulations requiring directors to include information on GHG emissions in their company reports, or to explain why no Regulations have been made (Section 85), 26/11/2008 Part 1, 2 and 6 comes into force (Section 100)
01/01/2009 Section 82 comes into force, 26/01/2009 All provisions come into force, apart from Part 1, 2 and 6; and Sections 71(1), 81 and 82; and Schedule 5

Yesterday, organisations in the environment sector launched the Pledge to Net Zero initiative, making it the first industry commitment in the UK requiring “credible science-based approaches to tackle greenhouse gas emissions” within their organisations.

The initiative is being led by the Society for the Environment (SocEnv), the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and IEMA, together with leading environmental consultancies WSP and AECOM.

As part of their pledges, the organisations have committed to deliver a greenhouse gas target in line with either a 1.5°C or well below 2°C climate change scenario – covering buildings and travel as a minimum. 

They must also publicly report greenhouse gas emissions and progress against this target each year and publish one piece of research or “thought-leadership piece” annually on practical steps to deliver a net zero greenhouse gas economy.

The Pledge to Net Zero initiative is open until 31 January 2020, with organisations asked to report back their performance on their commitment by the end of December 2020.

Martin Baxter, chief policy advisor for IEMA said: “The transition to net zero carbon emissions is the defining challenge of our time.

“We are fully supportive of the environmental services sector pledging science-based emissions reductions which align with the urgency of addressing the climate and environmental emergency.” 

Companies wishing to be part of the commitment can make their pledge with director support here.

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