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Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019

Synopsis

The Climate Change Act 2008 required that the UK Government to ensure that UK net emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride in the year 2050 are at least 80% lower than a 1990 baseline.

This Act amends this target, increasing it to 100% lower than the 1990 baseline in 2050 (a net-zero target).

 
 
 

Summary

The Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 has been published as draft legislation.

Once the 2019 order is made as a statutory instrument, it will amend the Climate Change Act 2008 on the following day.

What will be updated?

Section 1 of the Climate Change Act 2008 required that the UK Government to ensure that UK net emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride in the year 2050 are at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline.

The 2019 order amends this target, increasing it to 100% lower than the 1990 baseline by the 2050 year.

As a result, emissions of the above greenhouse gases would need to be net-zero by this date.

 

 

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