Zero Carbon Emissions

6th April 2016 

I was, of course, absolutely delighted to hear this commitment being made by the Minister.  The Paris Agreement was a momentous step forward, and with an existing target of an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050, it was extremely welcome to see us committing to zero emissions. 

The question now is how this reduction to zero can be achieved.  Many important questions must be answered before a deadline is set, and as such, I am confident that the Government will be carefully considering the recommendations in the forthcoming report by the Committee on Climate Change.

That said, the UK has already made excellent progress and is setting an example to the rest of the world.  For example, Britain will be one of the first developed countries to take coal out of the energy mix completely, with last year's announcement that all coal-fired power stations will close by 2025. Renewable capacity has also trebled since 2010, and the Government has sent clear signals to investors and businesses about the shift to a low-carbon economy.