The UK is make legal a key Paris Climate Deal commitment to reduce carbon emissions to zero, the Government has said.
Energy minister Andrea Leadsom said on Monday: “The Government believes that we will need to take the step of enshrining the Paris goal for net zero emissions in UK law.”
The Paris Treaty, signed in December, commits countries to zero emissions by the second half of this century.
Former Labour leader and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband, has lobbying for an amendment to the Energy Bill to enshrine the commitment into UK law. He said: “It is the right thing to do because the science demands it, it makes economic sense and will build momentum in the fight against climate change.” He added that he hoped other countries would now “follow the example of the UK”.
In Paris, almost 200 countries agreed to strike the first climate deal to set out a clear long term temperature limit for the planet at UN Conference of Parties (COP21). The agreement commits all countries to keep global temperature increase “well below” 2C and to try to limit them to 1.5C.
The pact requires all countries to submit plans for climate action and to update them every five years.
Between 80 and 100 countries are expected to ratify the Paris agreement at a ceremony at UN headquarters on April 22. Fiji was the first country to do so last month.
Last month, The Planet Mark hosted an event looking at the impact of the Paris Climate Deal on businesses.
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