What will it take for the UK to reach net-zero emissions?
The UK Government has now confirmed a net-zero emissions target to be reached by 2050, but how will this affect daily lives?
Yesterday, Theresa May announced the UK will be net-zero emissions by 2050. The UK is the first major economy to commit this, and comes after previously committing to an 80% decrease by 2050, as part of the Climate Change Act, 2008.
This new net-zero emissions target will affect our daily lives, by way of the food we eat, the buildings we live in, and, of course, the way we travel.
The UK has already committed to banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, although there are calls for this date to be brought forward.
The Guardian has reported that there are currently “only about 210,000 electric vehicles in the UK. About 1% of households use an all-electric car and about 2% hybrids, so tens of millions of cars will have to be replaced.”
Of course improvements to public transport, along with cycling and walking will also need to be a part of the solution.
Darren Shirley, the chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, says: “In the coming weeks the government should commit to restarting the programme of rail electrification, outlining further incentives to rapidly grow the market in electric vehicles in the UK, and start work on publishing a national strategy for buses with investment to grow the network and green the bus fleet to be published by 2020.”
To view the original Guardian article, outlining all the way the new legislation will effect our daily lives, please visit here.