CBI comments on CCC report

The CBI has commented on the independent Committee on Climate Change’s proposal that the Government commits to a net-zero reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050.

Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Chief Economist, said: “The Committee on Climate Change’s report and recommendations mark a new dawn for climate change action in the UK. We have already made a good start, especially in the energy sector. The UK has the world’s largest offshore wind farm capacity, we are generating more than half of our electricity from low-carbon sources, and we are leading research into technologies that capture carbon and re-use it. But if we are to reach the new target, we need a step change in Government policy, business action and the way each of us lives our lives.

“Recent protests have shown the strength of public passion and sense of urgency that the UK should do all it can to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, on society, the economy and the environment. What we need now is a supportive and timely response from the UK Government to enact this ambitious target, so businesses and the public can get on with reaching it.”

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