UK to outdo other economies with 68% emissions cuts by 2030

Great news from the Govt today on their climate ambitions.

The UK will cut greenhouse gas emissions further and faster than any other major economy in the next decade, according to a new carbon target set out by the prime minister.

There will be a reduction of 68% in annual carbon emissions by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, a significant increase on the current target of about 57% reductions. The raising of ambition on tackling climate breakdown is intended to galvanise other countries to follow suit, as Boris Johnson prepares to co-host a virtual summit of world leaders on the climate next week.

The prime minister said on Thursday: “We have proven we can reduce our emissions and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process. We are taking the lead with an ambitious new target to reduce our emissions by 2030, faster than any major economy … The UK is urging world leaders to bring forward their own ambitious plans to cut emissions and set net zero [carbon] targets.”

The new target follows the advice of the government’s statutory advisers, the committee on climate change, which found the costs of cutting emissions had fallen rapidly in the past few years. The committee said the 2030 target would set the UK on the path to net zero emissions by 2050, the long-term goal enshrined in law under Theresa May.