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Climate Change

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 12820, tabled on 5 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she plans to align the UK's intended nationally determined contributions with Government policy on achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Answered on

14 February 2020

In June 2019, the UK government set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from across the UK economy by 2050. We are the first major economy in the world to legislate for a net zero target, which will end the UK’s contribution to climate change. 2020 will be a vital Year of Climate Action across the UK, and we will be setting out ambitious plans in the run-up to COP26 to deliver on our world-leading net zero ambition.

Following our departure from the EU, the UK will be bringing forward its own, increased NDC well ahead of COP26. The UK NDC will be built on the foundations of well-established UK analysis and policy development for domestic climate change mitigation, used to set the UK’s fifth carbon budget (2028-32) and described in the Clean Growth Strategy. In its Net Zero advice, the Committee on Climate Change was clear that the Clean Growth Strategy continues to offer the right framework for the ambitious action needed to deliver net zero.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy