Wind turbine stands in the foreground as coal power station puts steam into atmosphere.

Government commits to 68% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030

The Government has announced that it will commit to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions by 68% by 2030 when compared to 1990 levels.

The plan sets out ambitious targets that go beyond the UK’s responsibilities in the Paris Climate Agreement and also sets the UK as the most ambitious major economy in terms of carbon reduction.

Just weeks before the UK is due to co-host the Climate Ambition Summit ahead of hosting the COP26 next year, these plans set the benchmark for nations across the globe, and position the UK as a world leader in fossil fuel reduction.

The reduction is backed by the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan, which aims to create 250,000 sustainable jobs by 2030.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“We have proven we can reduce our emissions and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process – uniting businesses, academics, NGOs, and local communities in a common goal to go further and faster to tackle climate change.

“Today, we are taking the lead with an ambitious new target to reduce our emissions by 2030, faster than any major economy, with our Ten Point Plan helping us on our path to reach it.

“But this is a global effort, which is why the UK is urging world leaders as part of next week’s Climate Ambition Summit to bring forward their own ambitious plans to cut emissions and set net-zero targets.”

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