Government begins putting Net Zero aims on statute book

A statutory instrument to implement the government's goal of eradicating the UK's net contribution to climate change by 2050 has been laid in Parliament.

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The move implements the recommendations of the Government-appointed Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which published proposals in May including raising UK woodland cover from 13% to 17% over the next 30 years.

The UK already had a target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 under Climate Change Act in 2008, which will now be amended to the new, more ambitious goal.

This legislation will mean that the UK is on track to become the first G7 country to legislate for net zero emissions, with other major economies expected to follow suit.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but it is crucial that we achieve it to ensure we protect our planet for future generations."

The NFU has said it aims to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions across the whole of agriculture in England and Wales by 2040, as a contribution to the CCC’s proposed 2050 target.

NFU deputy president Guy Smith said: "We must farm smarter, focussing on improving productivity, encouraging carbon capture and boosting our production of renewable energy."

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