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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government’s announcement today on legislating for a new net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050.

Commenting Will Nicolle, a Researcher at Bright Blue, said:

“We applaud the Prime Minister for taking the bold and correct decision to legislate for a new net-zero emissions target by 2050 – making the UK’s emission reduction goals among the most ambitious in the world. In doing so, she ensures that her legacy, and the legacy of this Conservative Government, is a green one: paving the way for a sustainable future.”

“There is now a sound scientific, technological and political case for a legal net-zero emissions target. A clear majority of the public support reducing the UK’s emissions to zero in the next few decades.”

“As Bright Blue has argued, realistically, a limited proportion of greenhouse gas emissions may need to be offset through purchasing international carbon permits to achieve the net-zero target.”

“The next Prime Minister now needs to introduce the necessary government incentives and investment to ensure this country is compliant with its emissions target in the future. In particular, there are currently insufficient policies to decarbonise our energy system and homes.”

Bright Blue’s recent report Hotting up included polling showing that a clear majority (64%) of the UK public support reducing our emissions to zero in the next few decades. The policies in this report included:

  • Enshrine in law a net zero greenhouse gas emission target in line with the Paris Agreement.
  • Allow some limited flexibility to meet the new net zero emissions target using carbon permits.