United Kingdom government adopts new plan to curb emissions by 2050

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The UK will retain the ability to use worldwide carbon credits within an appropriate monitoring, reporting and verification framework, allowing the UK to maximise the value of each pound spent on climate change mitigation. 'This is an ambitious target but it's one that is crucial for us to achieve and it will take us working across the whole breadth of society to do that, ' she said.

A report from the independent Committee on Climate Change recommended wholesale changes to the way the United Kingdom generates, distributes and uses power.

Britain is to become the first major economy to adopt laws that requiring a cut in fossil-fuel emissions to zero by 2050 to fight climate change.

For the first time, young people will have the chance to shape our future climate policy through the Youth Steering Group.

For the first time, young people will have the chance to shape future United Kingdom climate policy through the Youth Steering Group, set up by DCMS and led by the British Youth Council, which will advise Government on priorities for environmental action and give a view on progress to date against existing commitments on climate, waste and recycling, and biodiversity loss. That means emissions from homes, transport, farming and industry will have to be avoided completely or - in the most hard examples - offset by planting trees or sucking Carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of business group the CBI, said United Kingdom companies were "squarely behind" the commitment. Engineers will play a vital advisory role to ensure the deployment of large-scale projects, programmes and large investment in infrastructure is achieved in an effective and timely manner.

Hitting net zero - a 100% cut in emissions - will mean an end to heating of homes with traditional gas boilers, more green electricity, and a switch from petrol and diesel cars to electric vehicles, walking and cycling.

But the committee said it will cost around 1-2% of annual economic output up to 2050 - the same as predicted a decade ago for the 80% target - while the cost of inaction would be many times higher. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) report "Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Survey", businesses active in the low carbon and renewable energy economy generated £44.5 billion in turnover in 2017, employing an estimated 209,500 full-time equivalent employees. "Governments and policymakers will need to work closely with industry to ensure emissions are not simply exported elsewhere whilst domestic manufacturing is rendered uncompetitive". We now have the chance to put the United Kingdom, and its engineers, as leaders and deliver real solutions to these complex problems. "The engineering challenges involved are daunting and as a country we need to ensure that our workers have the competencies to deliver net zero". "Christians and people of all faiths have long called for action on climate change to both preserve the natural world on which we all rely, and to protect God's creation for generations to come".

In the wake of the committee's recommendations, scientists, campaigners and health professionals have been urging the Prime Minister to bring in a net zero target before she stands down, as a legacy of her premiership.

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