New report details complete UK greenhouse phase out

The United Kingdom could completely phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, rending the entire country carbon neutral, a new report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has found.

The report found that the UK could achieve a net-zero target with contemporary technologies, with a mix of low-carbon based electricity generation, extensive retrofitting of existing building stock and broad uptake of electric vehicles.

“The Committee’s conclusion that the UK can achieve a net-zero GHG target by 2050 and at acceptable cost is entirely contingent on the introduction without delay of clear, stable and well-designed policies across the emitting sectors of the economy,” the report concluded.

The report calculated an aggressive transition to a net-zero economy can be met at an annual cost of up to 1-2% of GDP to 2050.

“We can all see that the climate is changing and it needs a serious response. The great news is that it is not only possible for the UK to play its full part, but it can be done within the cost envelope that Parliament has already accepted,” Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, said.

The report’s key findings are that:

  • The Committee on Climate Change recommends a new emissions target for the UK: net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050.

  • In Scotland, we recommend a net-zero date of 2045, reflecting Scotland’s greater relative capacity to remove emissions than the UK as a whole.

  • In Wales, we recommend a 95% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050.

The release of the report comes after the British Parliament declared a state of climate change emergency.

The full report by the CCC can be found here

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