Emissions Reduction Target Government sets out for 2035The government confirmed that it will be enshrining a new emissions reduction target into law to cut emissions by 78% (based on 1990 levels) by 2035.
emissions reduction target for 2035
Announced on 20 April, the target is in line with the recommendation from the independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) for the Sixth Carbon Budget (covering the period 2033-37) and will take into account emissions from international shipping and aviation (IAS), in line with CCC recommendations. The new target will become enshrined in law by the end of June 2021, with legislation laid in Parliament on 21 April.
The UK has a series of carbon budgets up to 2050 that it has a statutory obligation to meet. The UK has met the First and Second and is on track to meet the Third, but it is currently off track on the Fourth and Fifth.
The government, in the more detailed notes at the bottom of the press release, stressed that while it has accepted the recommendations on the budget level and the inclusion of IAS, this does not mean it is accepting all the specific policy recommendations of the CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget advice.
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