Climate change: Ending the UK’s contribution to global warming

  • The UK is a global leader in tackling climate change – cutting harmful emissions faster than any other major economy and legislating to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050.


  • We will put the need to tackle climate change at the core of all we do. By working with the private sector to develop new renewable technologies and create millions of new green jobs, we will end our contribution to global warming by 2050.


  • By investing in green industries, we will leave the environment in a better state for the next generation, while ensuring we reap the rewards of the transition to a low carbon economy.


We are getting our country back on the road to a brighter future by:


  • Ending the UK’s contribution to global warming by legislating to go Net Zero by 2050. We upgraded the existing target of an 80 per cent reduction in emissions in the Climate Change Act to achieve 100 per cent, or Net Zero emissions, by 2050.


  • Phasing out coal power completely by 2025, leaving our environment in a better state for the next generation. We will end all unabated coal generation for electricity in the UK by 2025, and the UK has gone record periods without using coal at all throughout 2019 so far.


  • Creating millions of low carbon jobs, growing our economy while reducing emissions. Our investment has meant there are almost 400,000 people working in low carbon businesses and their supply chains across the country already, and we will create two million low carbon jobs by 2030.


  • Supporting renewable technologies and securing the future of clean energy in the UK. With our support, £92 billion has been invested by businesses in clean energy since 2010 and renewables now generate 37.1 per cent of the UK’s electricity, up from 6.1 per cent in 2010.


  • Reducing greenhouse gases by a quarter since coming to office in 2010. A study by PwC found that the UK has decarbonised faster than any other G20 country while continuing to grow our economy .

Q: How much is Net Zero going to cost?

The independent Committee on Climate Change found that meeting Net Zero can be achieved at the same cost that an 80 per cent reduction was forecast to cost us in 2008. This will also be offset by the many benefits Net Zero will bring, including new green jobs, economic growth and reduced air pollution.