Net-zero policy reaction: 'The time for waiting is over'

A rise in energy consumption led to a 2 percent increase in carbon emissions in 2018

A rise in energy consumption led to a 2 percent increase in carbon emissions in 2018

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has expressed concerns that they "do not go far or fast enough", for example, while Work and Pension Secretary Esther McVey has claimed that more needs to be done to couple decarbonisation with the protection of social and economic security for working-class people.

Prime Minister Theresa May said legislation to wipe out the U.K.'s net contribution to rising global temperatures will be put to members of Parliament, endorsing a report from advisers that laid out what a carbon neutral future would have to look like. Climate change can not be an optional extra, it must be front and centre when we're developing policies in transport, as well as other key areas of the economy.

He also said the announcement provided businesses with the clarity they need to invest in the transition to a clean energy economy. The government has not yet moved formally to include global aviation and shipping within the target, but they have acknowledged that these sectors must be part of the whole economy strategy for net zero.

The government added that it will will retain the ability to use global carbon credits to help meet the goal.

The government adds young people will have the chance to share future climate policy through the Youth Steering Group, set up by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and led by the British Youth Council.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the UK will legislate to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050.

"This is just the first step". "Governments and policymakers will need to work closely with industry to ensure emissions are not simply exported elsewhere whilst domestic manufacturing is rendered uncompetitive".

Simon Virley, UK head of energy & natural resources at KPMG, said that while there had been substantial progress on decarbonising the power, heating will require the deployment of a range of new technologies. Setting this important and necessary target now sends a strong signal to business that Britain is ready to lead the world in tackling the climate crisis.

National Infrastructure chair Sir John Armitt said: "Protecting the UK's economy and environment from the impacts of climate change is a probably one of the biggest challenges we face in the decades ahead".

David Smith, chief executive of Energy Networks Association, stressed the importance of the government acting in conjunction with the regulator immediately to get the policies in place to the 2050 target into a reality, adding: "The time for waiting is over".

Drivers will have to move from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric vehicles, which will become cheaper than their old equivalents in the 2020s, or even give up their cars for walking, cycling and public transport. Judging by the small print, this is a net zero target with a backstop. If this is to happen, there are a number of policy gaps that will need to be "plugged", across areas ranging from transport and heat to emissions trading.

"Green gases such as Hydrogen, Biomethane and bio SNG are being increasingly recognised as the preferred solution to meet United Kingdom heat demand, which is seasonal and demands a flexible supply". The target also has the support of the Confederation of British Industry. The UK is now well off-track to meeting the targets laid out in these budgets, largely due to slow progress in decarbonising sectors such as transport and heat, and has, controversially, agreed to carry forward emissions reductions which have already taken place in a bid to rectify this trend.

He called for a new energy policy to be developed that would reward users for cutting carbon in heat, power and transport, alongside large scale investment.