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Sixth Carbon Budget: CCC lauds historic milestone on path to Net Zero UK

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) strongly welcomes the Government’s decision to adopt the CCC’s recommended Sixth Carbon Budget in full, putting the UK firmly on the path to reaching Net Zero emissions in less than 30 years. An historic milestone.

The new carbon budget, covering the period 2033-2037, will be laid in Parliament tomorrow. Once it becomes law, it will see the UK reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 80% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels; placing the UK as one of the most ambitious countries in the world in cleaning up its economy to tackle climate change.

For the first time, the Sixth Carbon Budget will also include emissions from international aviation and shipping, in line with the CCC’s long-held view that all UK carbon budgets should account for emissions from both sources.

Responding to the news, the CCC’s Chief Executive, Chris Stark said:

“I am delighted at this news; this is an important and historic decision. In committing to cut emissions by almost 80% in 2035, the UK has taken its place at the forefront of global efforts to reach Net Zero – crucial in the fight against climate change. By implementing our recommendations in full, the Government’s decision rests on the most comprehensive ever assessment of the path to a fully decarbonised economy.

“Now we have set this goal in law, Government, business and people up and down the country can throw their full weight behind the actions needed to get us there. It means that every choice we make from now must be the right one for our climate.”

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