Today I delivered a cross-party letter to 10 Downing Street signed by 130 MPs calling for a net zero emissions target.
The Climate Change Act commits the UK to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, but campaigners believe a net zero commitment is necessary for the UK to honour the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, which requires governments to limit global warming to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels.
The letter calls for the Government to show leadership on climate change. Other countries have set net zero targets with dates between 2030 and 2050, including France, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and New Zealand. We believe the Government should target net zero greenhouse gas emissions before 2050.
If we don’t move to net zero, we can’t stop damaging climate change and the extreme weather events which it makes more common. Much of the technology we need to reach this target is already available and the Government should focus efforts on finding solutions for people, homes and wildlife.
The government should move quickly to set a net zero target to open doors for British business, continue our leadership on climate change and take the action that most people want to see to protect our planet.
Read the full text of the letter here: https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/joint-letter/