Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced an ambitious new emissions target of at least 68% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels by 2030.
The announcement comes ahead of the UK co-hosting the Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday 12 December, which will coincide with the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. The new target meets the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee who advise the government on emissions targets.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
We have proven we can reduce our emissions and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process – uniting businesses, academics, NGOs and local communities in a common goal to go further and faster to tackle climate change.
Today, we are taking the lead with an ambitious new target to reduce our emissions by 2030, faster than any major economy, with our Ten Point Plan helping us on our path to reach it.
But this is a global effort, which is why the UK is urging world leaders as part of next week’s Climate Ambition Summit to bring forward their own ambitious plans to cut emissions and set net zero targets.