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UK GHGs target 78% by 2035 21 April 2021

UK confirms it will set a tougher climate pledge for 2035

By Daisy Dunne for the Independent

The UK government has confirmed reports that it will slash emissions by 78 per cent by 2035, when compared to levels in 1990.

This is the level of reduction that the UK’s independent climate advisers say will be needed to reach the legal goal of net–zero emissions by 2050. 

The new commitment builds on the UK’s current pledge to reduce emissions by 68 per cent by 2030, which was made as part of its obligations under the Paris Agreement – an international climate deal made by countries in 2015.

In a statement, Boris Johnson said: “We want to continue to raise the bar on tackling climate change, and that’s why we’re setting the most ambitious target to cut emissions in the world.

“The UK will be home to pioneering businesses, new technologies and green innovation as we make progress to net zero emissions, laying the foundations for decades of economic growth in a way that creates thousands of jobs.

“We want to see world leaders follow our lead and match our ambition in the run up to the crucial climate summit Cop26, as we will only build back greener and protect our planet if we come together to take action.”

In a first–of–its–kind report published in December, the UK’s independent Climate Change Committee set out a detailed path for how the UK can reach net–zero by 2050, including a key “stepping stone” of reducing emissions by 78 per cent by 2035.

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