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Public buy-in vital to CCC’s vision of a zero carbon Britain

The Committee on Climate Change is calling on the Government to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The proposal will require a monumental effort by Government, but will only succeed if the public buys into the agenda too. Andrew Forster reports

10 May 2019
Committee on Climate Change chairman Lord Deben: now is the right time to set a net zero target
Committee on Climate Change chairman Lord Deben: now is the right time to set a net zero target
Actions will be economically damaging and politically unpopular, says the Foundation
Actions will be economically damaging and politically unpopular, says the Foundation

 

The UK’s green revolution moved from the protestors on the streets of London to the corridors of Whitehall last week as the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) issued a report recommending that the Government sets a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Climate Change Act currently sets an 80 per cent reduction target by 2050 against 1990 levels. 

The advice represents a U-turn by the Committee. Just three years ago, in the aftermath of the Paris Agreement on climate...

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