James welcomes action to end the UK’s contribution to global warming

James Brokenshire has welcomed the announcement that the UK will become the first major economy in the world to end its contribution towards global warming, as the Government introduces a new law to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Last year the Government commissioned an independent panel of experts to advise on achieving net zero. After careful consideration of their report, published in May, the Prime Minister has now announced that the UK will legislate to end its contribution to global warming.

The UK has now reduced emissions faster than any other advanced country in the world, with 2018 the cleanest and greenest year on record. By legislating for net zero, will now go even further, phasing out coal power, committing billions of pounds to develop new renewable technologies and creating hundreds of thousands of low carbon jobs.

Commenting, James said:

“I am very pleased that the Government is legislating to make the UK the first major economy in the world to end its contribution towards global warming. Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but one that we must achieve if we are to protect our planet for future generations. Climate change is one of the most urgent global challenges we face, and we are leading the world in our efforts to tackle it.”

“By investing in green industries and decarbonising our economy we will leave the environment in a better state for the next generation – carrying on a long Conservative tradition of making sensible, workable policies that protect the planet while growing the economy.”