The legislation should also accelerate progress on decarbonisation, he insisted: "2050 is still too slow to address catastrophic climate change, the United Kingdom can and must go faster". The radical move recommended by the government's climate-change adviser has won backing from across the political spectrum even as debate about leaving the European Union roiled United Kingdom lawmakers.
A statutory instrument to amend the Climate Change Act of 2008 to account for a net-zero target by 2050 will be laid in Parliament today (12 June), marking a first among the G7 nations.
Britain hopes its decision will encourage other governments to follow suit before 2020, when countries are due to ratchet up their goals under the Paris Agreement. However, the Government plans to perform a review in five years to see if other countries are also taking similar action to ensure that United Kingdom industries don't face unfair competition, echoing a concern raised by Hammond.
Young people will also be given the chance to shape the UK's future climate policy through the Youth Steering Group, set up by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It sets a goal of net zero emissions by 2050. They will start their review in July.
Mrs May said: "As the first country to legislate for long term climate targets, we can be truly proud of our record in tackling climate change". The target date for "net zero" emissions is the first set by a leading economy, and is a response to growing calls for action to tackle the climate emergency from faith groups, the Extinction Rebellion protesters (News, 18 April), and striking schoolchildren led by the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg (News, 22 March). "This country led the world in innovation during the Industrial Revolution, and now we must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth", stated Theresa May, Prime Minister of the UK.
"Standing by is not an option", May said in a statement from her office in London on Tuesday evening. The chair of Green Christian, Paul Bodenham, said that the United Kingdom should be aiming to reach net zero within six years: "If the United Kingdom is serious about worldwide leadership, we must acknowledge the debt our country owes to poorer nations and to the young and unborn".
The construction sector and business community have welcomed the government's move.
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark added that Britain wants to continue its global leadership, and that according to the CCC the foundations to achieve a net zero emissions economy are necessary and feasible.
"Almost 400,000 people are already employed in the low-carbon sector and its supply chains across the country".
Beis said it was investing in clean growth to create two million high quality jobs by 2030. This includes on transport; in its report, the Committee on Climate Change has said that all new auto and van registrations will need to be pure battery electric - not hybrids - by 2035 at the latest, and ideally by 2030 for Government plans for all cars and vans to be electric by 2040 to take effect.
LONDON-Greenhouse gas emissions in the United Kingdom will be cut to nearly zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. "The government should now take a lead in forming the policy frameworks that will support technological innovation and protect our environment for future generations".
"UKGBC knows that the built environment contains some of the biggest opportunities to slash emissions". We must accelerate action in all areas including improving the efficiency of our ageing building stock, and overcoming the challenge of decarbonising heat. "There is no time to lose, now is the time to act".