The UK becomes the first country to pass net-zero law



The United Kingdom has officially become the first G20 country to pass a law that aims to reduce gas emissions to zero by 2050. Outgoing Prime Minister, Theresa May, ordered the legislation early in June 2019. The legislation is an expected revision to the country’s 2008 Climate Change Act.

The goal of net-zero

The aim of the revision is to allow emissions to be balanced out by efforts of sustainability. This includes schemes that promote the use of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), as well as other technologies that offset emissions.

The UK has already reduced its emissions by 42 per cent. This is according to the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Leading change

According to Chris Skidmore, Energy and Clean Growth Minister, “The UK kick-started the Industrial Revolution, which was responsible for economic growth across the globe but also for increasing emissions.

“Today, we’re leading the world yet again in becoming the first major economy to pass new laws the reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 while remaining committed to growing the economy – putting clean growth at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy. We’re pioneering the way for other countries to follow in our footsteps driving prosperity by seizing the economic opportunities of becoming a greener economy.”

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