The Prime Minister has announced that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050.
The statutory instrument to implement was laid in Parliament Wednesday 12 June. This will amend the Climate Change Act 2008.
Theresa May will also meet young science and engineering students to discuss the ambitious new target, which is based on advice from independent experts: the Committee on Climate Change.
In its report, the Committee on Climate Change forecast significant benefits to public health and savings to the NHS from better air quality and less noise pollution, as well as improved biodiversity.
This legislation will mean that the UK is on track to become the first G7 country to legislate for net zero emissions. The UK will conduct a further assessment within five years to confirm that other countries are taking similarly ambitious action.
For the first time, young people will have the chance to shape our future climate policy through the Youth Steering Group. The Group, set up by DCMSand led by the British Youth Council, will advise Government on priorities for environmental action and give a view on progress to date against existing commitments on climate, waste and recycling, and biodiversity loss. They will start their review in July.
Prime Minister Theresa May said:
As the first country to legislate for long-term climate targets, we can be truly proud of our record in tackling climate change. We have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions.
Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children. This country led the world in innovation during the Industrial Revolution, and now we must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth. Standing by is not an option. Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but it is crucial that we achieve it to ensure we protect our planet for future generations.
It will be ending the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans through our world-leading Road to Zero Strategy. As well as protecting biodiversity and promoting sustainability through its 25 Year Environment Plan.