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Carbon Emissions

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL2051, tabled on 2 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to meet their commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Answered on

16 March 2020

The Government is committed to delivering on our world-leading target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from across the UK economy by 2050. The Prime Minister has announced that 2020 will be a Year of Climate Action. In the run-up to the COP26 summit, we will be bringing forward ambitious plans across key sectors of the economy to meet our carbon budgets and net zero – including an Energy White Paper, Transport Decarbonisation Plan and Heat Roadmap. This will build on the £2 billion we have announced since setting the target and the commitments in our manifesto – from investing £9.2 billion in the energy efficiency of our buildings, to £800 million to deploy the first carbon capture and storage cluster in the UK, to planting an additional 75,000 acres of trees a year by the end of the parliament.

The UK’s success in the global economy will be rooted in innovation and cutting-edge technology. By driving technological change, we will create the high quality, highly paid jobs of the future, the Budget sets out plans to increase public R&D investment to £22 billion per year by 2024-25. The Government will invest that money in the people, ideas and industries that will cement the UK’s world-leading position in science and technologies ranging from nuclear fusion to electric vehicles and life sciences.