Climate Minister Claire Perry has announced that the UK Government will introduce legislation aimed at limiting the country’s carbon dioxide emissions to “net-zero”.

The UK has already committed to reducing its emissions by 80% by 2050, but critics argue this target is now out-dated following the Paris Agreement and needs strengthening.

A “net-zero” target would involve cutting emissions and off-setting or capturing any remaining emissions.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due to publish a report in September into the latest science surrounding the Paris Agreement’s aspirational goal of limiting average global temperature rises to 1.5C.

Advice sought

Perry has said the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK Government’s independent advisor, would be asked to provide advice on how the UK could meet the 1.5C aspiration.

In a submission to the United Nations on how the UK would achieve its 2050 climate goals, Perry added: “The Paris Agreement includes an aim to achieve rapid reduction of emissions by sources and removal by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of the century.

“More needs to be understood about the global path to net zero emissions and to help meet this, the UK will need to legislate for a net zero emissions target at an appropriate point in the future to provide legal certainty on where the UK is heading.”

> See the submission